Dallas Fort Worth added 63,600 jobs between January 2010 and January 2011, placing the region as number one in job gains among U.S. metropolitan cities. Houston came in second with 56,600 additional jobs in the market.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that unemployment rates were lower in January than a year earlier in 282 of the 372 metropolitan areas. Nationwide unemployment dropped to 9% in January from 9.4% the previous month and down a further 8.9% in February.
The report shows that metro areas are still struggling as a result of the housing crisis. On the other hand, strong recovery in the manufacturing sector, particularly among U.S. auto companies, has helped smaller cities in the Midwest. Detroit though, has lost residents due to the sharp decline in the auto industry.