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Only 13 of top 100 U.S. metros have bounced back from recession

The Business Journals by G. Scott Thomas

Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 1:00am EST
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Thirteen of the nation's 100 biggest labor markets have regained all of the jobs that slipped away during the recession. The other 87 are still fighting to break even.


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Thirteen of the nation's 100 biggest labor markets have regained all of the jobs that slipped away during the recession. The other 87 are still fighting to break even.
On Numbers used preliminary U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data to estimate 2011 private-sector employment levels for all 100 markets. Those estimates were then compared against the official figures for 2006, the last full year before the recession's onset. The results can be seen in the database below.
Houston was the most prosperous metro over that five-year span. It had 2.10 million private-sector jobs in 2006, a base that expanded to an estimated annual average of 2.21 million in 2011. The resulting gain: 109,700 jobs.
Just four other markets -- three of them in Texas -- added more than 25,000 private-sector jobs between 2006 and 2011: New Orleans (up 39,400), Austin (up 37,900), Dallas-Fort Worth (up 36,000) and San Antonio (up 25,200).
Ten metros, on the other hand, are still at least 100,000 jobs below their 2006 levels.
The biggest private-sector deficit exists in Los Angeles, which had 432,000 fewer jobs last year than in 2006. Also on the negative side are Chicago (down 238,800 jobs), Detroit (down 217,700), Miami-Fort Lauderdale (down 182,900) and Phoenix (down 181,400).
The database also translates these five-year changes into percentages, with New Orleans registering the biggest gain (up 9.70 percent) and Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla., suffering the largest drop (down 19.46 percent).
Yesterday's version of On Numbers offered one-year employment comparisons for the same 100 markets, while tomorrow's entry will take a broader 10-year view.
METRO PRIVATE-SECTOR EMPLOYMENT (2006-2011)

Metro areaPrivate-sector jobs (2006 annual average)Private-sector jobs (estimated 2011 annual average)5-year raw change
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Rank5-year percent changeRankHouston2,102,6002,212,300109,70015.22%4New Orleans406,400445,80039,40029.70%1Austin571,200609,10037,90036.64%3Dallas-Fort Worth2,492,7002,528,70036,00041.44%8San Antonio664,700689,90025,20053.79%6McAllen-Edinburg, Texas153,300167,30014,00069.13%2Raleigh405,900415,2009,30072.29%7El Paso, Texas204,200212,2008,00083.92%5Boston2,154,1002,161,2007,10090.33%12Pittsburgh1,010,0001,015,4005,400100.54%9
 

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Just had a cousin relocate there ..............he could not be happier !
 

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Maybe cause the city seems to go on and on for like 25 miles
it does go on and on....I have been here since 1978 and its has grown....but its a fun city...lots of work...and lots of places to go.
 

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If I had to list all the places I wouldn't want to live Houston would be #1 Hot, crime, pollution, etc. But most of all it's in Texas! ONLY good thing there are the DCC's!!:):)
 

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My buddy works for the Astros, he tells me if feels like 130 unpleasant degrees in the summer though
 

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it does go on and on....I have been here since 1978 and its has grown....but its a fun city...lots of work...and lots of places to go.

I went there for the sweet sixteen 2007 i think great time but super spread out. Tons of strip clubs.
 
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If I had to list all the places I wouldn't want to live Houston would be #1 Hot, crime, pollution, etc. But most of all it's in Texas! ONLY good thing there are the DCC's!!:):)


I am with you on Houston. I hate that city with a passion. Do love me the rest of Texas though.
 

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Isn't Houston the fattest city in USA, therefore the world? lol
 

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I went there for the sweet sixteen 2007 i think great time but super spread out. Tons of strip clubs.

dont get me wrong u need a car in this city....but being spread out is not all bad...easy to hide from someone...believe me I have tried to find people and learn later hat they moved across town
 

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Isn't Houston the fattest city in USA, therefore the world? lol

As of 2011.

The Fattest Cities In The US:

1.) Lexington, KY

2.) Indianapolis, IN

3.) Jackson, MS

4.) Charleston, WV

5.) Oklahoma City, OK

6.) Tulsa, OK

7.) Little Rock, AR

8.) Nashville, TN

9.) Laredo, TX

10.) Birmingham, AL



Living here isn't bad, living in Dallas would make me want to commit suicide.
 

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Isn't Houston the fattest city in USA, therefore the world? lol

PO69 skews the stats on Houston.
If he ever moved Houston would instantly drop out of the top 100
 

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People love to talk shit on Houston. Most have never been here, at least for an extended amount of time.

For those bagging on Texas overall, well, I just sort of feel pity for you. You're missing out.
 

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PO69 skews the stats on Houston.
If he ever moved Houston would instantly drop out of the top 100

:):)

He doesn't even actually live in Houston. I think he lives around the Beaumont area.
 

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People love to talk shit on Houston. Most have never been here, at least for an extended amount of time.

For those bagging on Texas overall, well, I just sort of feel pity for you. You're missing out.


The hot ass summers down here do suck though. As always, it's the high humidity that makes it bad. I laugh when people say Vegas is hot in the summer. Hell, I don't even sweat there. I'll take 110 with no humidity anytime over 100 degrees with 70% or higher humidity.
 

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