We've been hearing for some time that the area in and around Austin, Texas, has one of the strongest job markets right now.
The job growth there is impressive given that the U.S. economy as a whole has been stuck in neutral when it comes to job creation.
We also know that startups down in the heart of Texas, such as StoredIQ, are hiring technology workers right now.
Now we know just how many jobs have been created during the past year in the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) that includes Austin and Round Rock, home of Dell Inc.
The Austin area created 17,300 jobs between Sept. 2009 and Sept. 2010, a gain of 2.3%. The region now employs 771,000 workers, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
During the same time, the San Jose, Calif., MSA, which comprises most of Silicon Valley, created 6,700 jobs, the first time in two years that the valley posted year-over-year job growth. In Seattle, meanwhile, overall employment was flat, despite a growing number of tech firms hiring there.
Write to John Shinal