Houston and Texas among top 5 cities, states for job growth (Houston Business Journal)

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Houston is one of the top five cities for job growth, and the No. 1 city in Texas, which also landed among the top five states for job growth, a new analysis found.

Lee McPheters, a research professor at the W.P. Carey School of Business atArizona State University,  compiled the rankings based on the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

With 3.5 percent job growth from 2012 to 2013, Houston ranked No. 4 on the list of metropolitan areas with 1 million or more workers. Dallas was the only other Texas city to make the top 10, tying for No. 8 with Los Angeles, Miami and San Diego.

That's down from the  previous report, released in 2012, when Houston ranked No. 1 and Dallas ranked No. 4. 

Among the top 10 states, Texas tied for No. 4 with Colorado, both reporting 2.9 percent growth. Texas also ranked No. 4 in 2012.

Nationwide, job growth increased 1.7 percent, the same pace as in 2012, the ASU report said.

Topping the cities list with 4 percent growth was Riverside, Calif., which also led all metro areas in job growth for construction, wholesale trade, warehousing and health care.

With 3.6 percent growth, North Dakota ranked No. 1 among the states once again, thanks in large part to its oil and gas production. 

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