BY IRVING WEEKLY STAFF
Irving, Texas. July 14, 2012 –
New figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission show Irving’s unemployment rate is one of the lowest in North Texas. Now at 6.3 percent, Irving’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point since 2008, and is continuing to fall. It has been steadily decreasing in 2012, down from 6.7 percent in February and 7 percent in January
In comparison, the state’s unemployment rate in March was 7 percent, and the national rate was 8.4 percent. Locally, the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area matched the state average at 7 percent.
Job Hot Spot
Irving recently was named one of The Best Cities for Jobs. In the Forbes report, the Dallas-Plano-Irving region ranked No. 6 on a list of 65 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas that are leading in job growth and employment. Rankings by Forbes are based on recent growth trends, mid-term growth, long-term growth and the region’s momentum.
Bringing in Businesses
The city works closely with the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce to determine ways to make Irving even more competitive compared to other large US cities. The city’s business-oriented programs and incentives, as well as an expedited permitting process, allow businesses to open their doors in a fraction of the time it takes in many other cities.
The city’s employment rate has been boosted by the opening, relocation or expansion of several businesses. A continuing contributor has been CHRISTUS Health. The company is consolidating its Houston and San Antonio offices, bringing more than 1,000 jobs with it.
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