Fort Worth job market ranks 5th, back to pre-pandemic level

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hammer labor markets across the country. But not Fort Worth and Dallas. In November, the Fort Worth-Arlington area, the Dallas area and eight other major US metropolises exceeded the number of jobs they had before the pandemic, according to a new report.

Austin was No. 2 in the United States and the highest ranked in Texas. San Antonio was also in the top 10.

From February 2020 to November 2021, Fort Worth-Arlington posted a job growth rate of 2.2%, placing the area 5th on the list of jobs in the best performing markets among the top 50 cities, according to The report.

During the same period, Dallas-Plano-Irving recorded an employment growth rate of 4.1%, placing the region in 4th place.

The report comes from the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. Booming Austin posted a job growth rate of 4.11%, placing the capital second in the top 50 metros, slightly below the rate of 4.14% for the No. 1-ranked Salt Lake City region. , according to the chamber report.

Employers like Amazon, Dell, HEB, and Tesla have contributed to strong job growth in the Central Texas region.

But back to Dallas-Fort Worth. In November 2021, the Dallas area had 2,813,200 jobs, up from 2,735,400 in February 2020, just before COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic.

As of November 2021, the Fort Worth-Arlington area had 1,127,800 jobs, down from 1,103,400 in February 2020 before the pandemic.

“Across the state, in the past 12 months, all private industries added jobs,” the report said.

The numbers aren’t as encouraging in Houston, which saw a negative 2% change but still ranked 27th among the 50 largest metropolitan areas.

Although Houston’s job market hasn’t recovered to pre-pandemic levels, Austin-based jobs website Indeed recently ranked Houston as one of America’s top cities for young graduates seeking a job. Indeed, the cited opportunities in Houston sectors such as aerospace, aviation and digital technology.

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