The Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) extracted from the most densely populated metros with the largest job growth from 2010 to 2012 are:
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- San Jose, CA (includes Sunnyvale and Santa Clara) – 63,290 jobs added since 2010, up 7 percent
- Houston, TX (includes Sugar Land and Baytown) – 165,969 jobs added, up 6 percent
- Austin, TX (includes Round Rock and San Marcos) – 49,131 jobs added, up 6 percent
- Detroit, MI (includes Warren and Livonia) – 92,407 jobs added, up 5 percent
- Salt Lake City, UT – 34,137 jobs added, up 5 percent
- Oklahoma City, OK – 28,992 jobs added, up 5 percent
- Raleigh, NC (includes Cary)– 24,725 jobs added, up 5 percent
- Dallas, TX (includes Forth Worth and Arlington) – 128,644 jobs added, up 4 percent
- San Francisco, CA (includes Oakland and Fremont) – 84,014 jobs added, up 4 percent
- Phoenix, AZ (includes Mesa and Glendale) – 81,606 jobs added, up 4 percent
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In most states, production occupations are rallying after major job losses during the recession. The resurgence is seen most among computer-controlled machine tool operators, an occupation with more workers now than in 2007. However, machinists, engine assemblers, and other production jobs are getting close to pre-recession employment levels.
- Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders – jobs declined 16 percent from 2007 to 2009, and then increased 16 percent from 2010 to 2012.
- Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic – jobs declined 13 percent from 2007 to 2009, and then increased 14 percent from 2010 to 2012.
- Pourers and Casters, Metal – jobs declined 23 percent from 2007 to 2009, and then increased 13 percent from 2010 to 2012.
- Engine and Other Machine Assemblers – jobs declined 16 percent from 2007 to 2009, and then increased 13 percent from 2010 to 2012.
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