Houston had third-most job growth in nation behind New York, Dallas

The Houston area added the third-most jobs among U.S. metro areas for the year ending Feb. 28, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Houston metro area, which includes The Woodlands and Sugar Land, added 72,600 jobs, totaling 3.1 million employed in February 2019.

The largest over-the-year increase in employment occurred in the New York metro area, which includes Newark and Jersey City, N.J., adding 107,800 jobs.

The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area followed New York, adding 102,500 jobs.

Houston’s metro unemployment rate was remained unchanged between February 2018 and 2019, slightly down by 0.5 percent to 4.2 percent.

Metro areas that added the most jobs in the year ending Feb. 28:

  1. New York-Newark-New Jersey, NY
  2. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
  3. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
  4. Atlanta-Sandy-Springs-Roswell, GA
  5. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
  6. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
  7. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
  8. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
  9. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL
  10. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
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