Austin added 14,300 jobs in September, ranking it the sixth fastest growing city in the U.S., according to figures released Wednesday morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Washington D.C. area topped the list for net gain, growing by 34,400 private-sector jobs between September 2009 and the same month this year. It was followed by Boston, up 21,600 positions; Dallas-Fort Worth, up 21,200; and Phoenix, also up 21,200.
Austin came in first for percent growth, rising about 2.43 percent year-over-year last month to a total 601,700 jobs.
A majority of the top 100 markets — 56 in all — continued to lose jobs in September. The Chicago area suffered the biggest decline, losing 66,000 private-sector positions in the past year. Detroit was next worst, down 30,400 and San Francisco-Oakland came in next with 26,000 less jobs.