Employment Increases In Texas Counties

Jobs are on the rise in Texas. Employment rose in 22 of the 23 largest counties in Texas from September 2010 to September 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Monday.

Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that three Texas counties ranked in the top ten for job growth nationwide. Montgomery County's 4.8% gain led the state and tied for the 2nd fastest growth in the nation. Also sharing top-ten national rankings were the Texas counties of Webb (4.4%, tied for 5th) and Fort Bend (4.2%, tied for 8th).

Employment nationwide advanced 1.6% from September 2010 as 271 of the 322 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Williamson, Tenn., recorded the fastest rate of employment growth in the country, up 5.4%, while Frederick, Md., registered the largest decline, down 2.6%.

Among the largest counties in Texas, employment was highest in Harris County with 2,054,100 in September 2011, followed by Dallas County with 1,448,700. Three other counties, Tarrant, Bexar, and Travis, had employment levels exceeding half a million. Together, the 23 largest Texas counties accounted for 77.8% of total employment.

Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or more as measured by 2010 annual average employment; comparable data for Brazos County were unavailable.