CultureMap Austin -- Did you know that the name Texas originally came from the word "jobs" in the language of the Caddo, an Eastern Texas tribe of Native Americans?
No? That's because it's not true. (Fun fact: the original Caddo word "Taysha" meant friends or allies.) But based on new jobs figures compiled by The Economist, maybe the state should change its name.
It's been five years since the United States officially slid into recession in December of 2007, and the newest metropolitan employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that most cities have yet to reach pre-recession jobs levels. After all, the 10th-best city for growth between December 2007 and October 2012 is New Orleans, which has the slightly dubious accomplishment of breaking even on jobs during that time frame.
Of the nine American metropolitan areas (with more than half a million jobs) that recorded job growth that surpassed pre-recession levels, four are in Texas.
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