Job Outlook: Dallas TX

The Dallas-Ft Worth metropolitan area, referred to as the Metroplex, is the 4th largest metropolitan population in the country, and the largest in Texas. Dallas is unusual as a major city, as it has no port, and no water connection to ocean freight. Dallas makes up for this with its central geographic location, and by serving as a hub to rail, trucking, and air transportation. Combined with a diversified employment base, the Dallas area expects stronger employment than the national average.


Unemployment Rate of Dallas Metro Area:

The Dallas metropolitan unemployment rate was 7.7% according to April 2011 statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 2011 report.


Top Industries in the Dallas Metro Area:

Fastest-growing industries in the Dallas metro area are:


Best-paying industries in the Dallas metro area are:


Top Companies in The Dallas Metro Area*:
  1. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. – Wal-Mart is the nation's largest retailer, and is growing as Americans seek low priced products during the current recession. Wal-Mart, number 2 of the Fortune 500, has 18 Wal-Mart and 7 Sam's Club stores in the Dallas - Ft Worth metropolitan area. The Dallas Chamber of Commerce reports that Wal-Mart employs approximately 32,800 people in the metropolitan Dallas – Ft Worth region.

  2. AMR Corp – AMR Corp is the parent company of American Airlines, one of the world's largest air carriers. American Airlines directs an estimated 3,400 daily flights to over 250 cities worldwide. The Dallas Chamber of Commerce reports that AMR employs over 25,100 people in the metropolitan Dallas – Ft Worth region.

  3. Dallas Independent School District – The Dallas Independent School District educates 157,600 students in 226 schools. The Dallas Chamber of Commerce reports that the Dallas Independent School District employs over 19,800 people in the metropolitan Dallas – Ft Worth region.

  4. Texas Health Resources – Texas Health Resources is one of the largest non-profit Hospital groups in the nation. Texas Health Resources is also the largest non-profit health system in the DFW region. Texas Heath Resources serves a population of 6.2 million people with 14 hospitals, 3,355 hospital beds, and over 3,600 physicians on staff. The Dallas Chamber of Commerce reports that Texas Health Resources employs over 17,000 people in the metropolitan Dallas – Ft Worth region.

  5. AT&T - AT&T is one of the world's largest telecommunications companies and number 8 of the Fortune 500. Dallas – Ft Worth area employees manage the company's regional land line, data, wireless networks, as well as the company's advanced IP, networking, home entertainment, local and long distance services. The Dallas Chamber of Commerce reports that AT&T employs over 16,000 people in the metropolitan Dallas – Ft Worth region.

  6. Baylor Health Care System – The Baylor Health Care System is a large Dallas-area non-profit hospital group. Texas Heath Resources serves a population of millions through eight hospitals, four specialty hospitals and clinics. The Dallas Chamber of Commerce reports that the Baylor Health Care System employs over 16,000 people in the metropolitan Dallas – Ft Worth region.

  7. Verizon Communications – Verizon Communications became the nation's largest cellular provider after its purchase of Alltel. Verizon, number 17 of the Fortune 500, provides cellular, land line, local, long distance, networking, home entertainment, broadband and data services. The Dallas Chamber of Commerce reports that Verizon Communications employs over 14,000 people in the metropolitan Dallas – Ft Worth region.

  8. HCA Inc. – HCA is the nation's largest health care provider. A privately held company, HCA owns and manages 163 hospitals and 105 surgery centers. The Dallas Chamber of Commerce reports that HCA employs over 12,000 people in the metropolitan Dallas – Ft Worth region.

  9. Citigroup – Citigroup is one of the nation's four largest banks, and one of the largest financial services companies. Before the banking crisis in 2008, Citigroup was the nation's largest bank holding company but has fallen from the top spot and almost failed, before it was rescued during the U.S. bank bailout. Citibank manages over 88 branches in the Dallas – Ft Worth metropolitan area. The Dallas Chamber of Commerce reports that HCA employs over 11,000 people in the metropolitan Dallas – Ft Worth region.

  10. Texas Instruments – Texas Instruments produces and invents DLP, digital signal, and analog semiconductor chips used in consumer electronics, computers, auto, wireless, communications, industrial and audio industries. TI, number 215 of the Fortune 500, is one of the largest semiconductor chip manufacturers in the nation. The Dallas Chamber of Commerce reports that HCA employs over 9,700 people in the metropolitan Dallas – Ft Worth region.


Top Dallas metro area Jobs in need of workers:


Top Dallas metro area Employment Trends**:
  • Dallas area work from home opportunities decreased 82% since October 2009.
  • Dallas area consulting opportunities decreased 74% since October 2009.
  • Dallas area outsourcing opportunities decreased 48% since October 2009.


Dallas metro area attitudes and employment outlook:

Dallas employment is projected to grow at a much higher rate than the nation. Bizjournals.com expects the Dallas area to grow 50.4% through 2025.

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* From the Dallas Chamber of Commerce

** According to SimplyHired Employment Trends

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