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Posted on: April 11, 2017

[ARCHIVED] D-FW cranks out another 119,000 new jobs, dwarfing other Texas metro areas

North Texas' job-making machine is still running at full speed ahead.

More than 119,000 new jobs were added in the Dallas-Fort Worth area during the 12-month period ending in February. The total employment base in North Texas grew by about 3.5 percent.

That's second only to the New York City metro area for total employment gains during the year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Atlanta area was third, with 95,400 new jobs.

D-FW's employment market has been growing by more than 100,000 new jobs a year for the last few years.

The increase in employment has driven the commercial construction boom and has made the area's housing market one of the tightest in the country. More than 200 people a day are moving to North Texas — many of them seeking new jobs, economists say.

D-FW had more new jobs during the year ending February than all of the other major Texas metro areas combined.

Austin added 27,000 jobs in the 12-month period, and San Antonio saw a 21,700 job increase. Even Houston — which has been hard hit in the last couple of years by lower oil prices — had a 19,300 year-over-year job gain as of February.

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