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Albany among 77 major markets posting job increases

More than three-quarters of America’s major metropolitan areas have added jobs during the past 12 months, according to figures released Wednesday morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics .

Houston and Ogden, Utah, are leading the way:

• Houston picked up 65,600 nonfarm jobs between August 2010 and the same month this year, the biggest raw gain by any of the 100 major metros.

• Ogden expanded its job base by 3.73 percent during the same span, the nation’s largest increase in percentage terms.

Seventy-seven of the 100 biggest U.S. metros have added nonfarm jobs since August 2010, while the other 23 have continued to lose.

Albany was among the metros adding jobs, ranking 69 out of the 77 metros gaining jobs. Albany was up 1,500 jobs, or 0.35 percent, from August 2010.

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Right behind Houston in raw employment gains are New York City (up 57,400 jobs in the past year), Boston (up 50,600), and Dallas-Fort Worth (up 50,200).

Atlanta suffered the biggest drop between August 2010 and August 2011, losing 30,800 jobs. Three other markets posted five-figure losses: Kansas City (down 12,600 jobs), Philadelphia (down 11,200) and Indianapolis (down 10,300).

Palm Bay-Melbourne, Fla., endured the largest employment decline in percentage terms, falling 3.30 percent in the past year.

SOURCE: The Business Review

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