Austin is the leader for metro growth since 2007!

The Austin area sustained the highest percentage of job growth — and second-highest number of private sector jobs — since July 2007, according to On Numbers.

The metropolitan area had 647,400 jobs in July 2012, up from 604,700 in July 2007, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. It’s a 7.06 percent growth that ranks Austin No. 1 in the nation for job growth during the period.

Houston took the top spot for the number of jobs gained: 114,800.

Eight markets remain at least 100,000 jobs behind their July 2007 private-sector employment levels, while six metros are more than 10 percent behind, according to the report. Los Angeles and Cape Coral-Fort Meyers Fla. had the worst drops.

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