Texas book-ended a ranking of the nation’s 12 biggest metro areas by job growth over the past year, with Dallas coming out on top and Houston rounding out the list.
The ranking, which was released Monday morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, bolsters a running narrative in which major Texas cities that are less dependent on the ailing oil sector have seen booming economic growth, while energy industry heavies like Houston have suffered a steady stream of employment fallout.
The number of non-farm jobs in Dallas-Fort Worth grew by 3.9 percent over the 12-month period ending in March.
That’s nearly double the national rate of 2 percent.
Phoenix came in second, with a job growth rate of 3.7 percent. The San Francisco area was next, at 3.2 percent.
In Dallas, the biggest job growth was in the leisure and hospitality sector, which grew by 8 percent compared with the 3.2 percent national rate.