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Austin tops economic health index for the third straight month

Austin remains the top-rated metropolitan area inĀ the On Numbers Economic Index for April, which means it has the strongest local economy in the United States.

The Capital City is followed once again by No. 2 Provo, Utah in the Business Journals’ latest analysis that measures the economic health of major metropolitan areas.

Texas dominated the top five spots. Dallas-Fort Worth took No. 3, followed by Houston and Oklahoma City.

Austin has held first place since February, thanks to its broad-based record of economic strength:

  • The number of private-sector jobs in the Austin area has expanded by 10.1 percent during the past five years. That dwarfs the second-fastest growth rate in the nation, Houston’s 7.3 percent.

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