Texas among four states to reach pre-recession employment levels



Texas is among a handful of states to reach or surpass pre-recession employment levels, a report shows.

IHS Global Insight IHS Global InsightLatest from The Business JournalsTexas reaches prerecession employment levelsD.C. tourists spent B in 2011Nassau County opens natural gas pipelineFollow this company reports national employment levels hit bottom more than two years ago, and Texas just returned to its previous employment peak in the first quarter of 2012.

The only other states to reach or surpass their employment peaks are Alaska and North Dakota — which returned to their peaks prior to 2012 — and Louisiana. All four states benefit from the energy industry, IHS notes.

Other states that IHS anticipates will reach or surpass their previous peaks in 2012 or 2013 include Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

However, 16 states are still at less than 95 percent of their pre-recession job levels, including six states that are at less than 93 percent. IHS does not expect Michigan, Nevada and Rhode Island to reach their previous employment levels until 2017 or later.

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My professional career has always had a focus on sales and marketing including a diverse mix of technology and media sales as well as fund raising and event planning experience. My passion for residential real estate and design led me back to Texas almost a decade ago at which time I acquired my real estate license. I escalated my real estate career when I partnered in a business with my husband, Robert, in which we renovate homes in the Central Austin area. We have a daughter who is the joy of our lives and keeps us on the go and on our toes! Besides my family, my interests include art, design, jogging and music. I am a member of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, the Texas Association of REALTORS®, the National Association of REALTORS® and Member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate. My enthusiasm for the highly desired Austin lifestyle, in addition to my extensive knowledge, resourcefulness and professionalism, make me the one to call for properties in Austin.
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