Buffalo outperforms two-thirds of U.S. metros in job growth

September 29, 2011 Updated Sep 29, 2011 at 6:18 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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September 29, 2011 Updated Sep 29, 2011 at 6:18 AM EDT

.The Buffalo area picked up 7,100 jobs during the past year, putting it ahead of nearly two-thirds of the nation's major metropolitan areas.

Buffalo ranks 36th nationally in raw employment growth, according to figures released Wednesday morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

More than three-quarters of America's 100 biggest markets added jobs during the past 12 months, with Houston and Ogden, Utah, 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.

Click here for a database with breakdowns for all 100 markets.

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).

Rochester's gain of 9,000 jobs puts it in 27th place, while Buffalo's addition of 7,100 positions is good for 36th. Syracuse ranks 59th with a gain of 3,100, and Albany is 69th with a year-to-year increase of 1,500 jobs.

Atlanta suffered the nation's 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.

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