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Texas Job Gains

by admin on July 16, 2012

Texas tops the list of nine states and the District of Columbia that have regained all the jobs they lost during the recession, a new analysis shows.

Texas gained 410,400 net nonfarm jobs between May 2007 and May 2012, ranking the state No. 1 for raw change during that period, according to a Business Journals’ On Numbers analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The comparison period begins seven months before the official start of the recession in December 2007, meaning Texas surpassed its prerecession job level by a significant margin.

New York comes in well behind Texas, gaining 88,600 net jobs since May 2007. North Dakota, the District of Columbia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Alaska, Nebraska, South Dakota and West Virginia also have regained the jobs they lost during the recession.

The remaining 41 states have yet to reach their prerecession job levels, and 13 are still down at least 100,000 nonfarm jobs from May 2007. The nation still is 4.43 million jobs below its May 2007 nonfarm level, a gap of 3.2 percent.

California’s shortfall of 891,200 jobs is the largest in terms of raw numbers, and Nevada’s decline of 12.5 percent ranks it the worst in percentage terms.

When looking at percent change, Texas’ 3.96 percent growth ranks it No. 3 behind North Dakota’s 16.71 percent growth and the District of Columbia’s 7.25 percent growth.


Olivia Pulsinelli is the web producer for the Houston Business Journal’s award-winning website.

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