- Associated Press - Saturday, September 20, 2014

HOSUTON , Texas (AP) - A report by the Texas Workforce Commission says hiring in Houston grew 3.9 percent by adding 107,400 new jobs between August 2013 and last month.

The Houston Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1pngwmO ) that oil and gas industries, construction and engineering services are expanding at double-digit rates, contributing to the faster-than-expected growth.

Barton Smith, a professor emeritus of economics at the University of Houston, says the outlook is more positive than he thought a year ago.

Patrick Jankowski, vice president of research for the Greater Houston Partnership, had predicted 70,000 new jobs for 2014. But he says if the economy keeps going strong, Houston will add more than 100,000 jobs.

Smith says growth last year was underestimated, but he still predicts “remarkably strong” growth this year.



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Information from: Houston Chronicle, https://www.houstonchronicle.com

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