Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas. Photo Courtesy of Baylor Health Care System
ewcomers to the Dallas-Fort Worth area have good reason to be excited about job
prospects and opportunities. While the recession has no doubt affected all parts of
the U.S., some areas have fared better than others – and the Dallas/Fort Worth
area is certainly one of them.
The area’s positive business environment, low taxes, solid infrastructure, plethora of large corporations
hungry for talented employees, affordable housing, and quality of life have all combined to make the
metroplex a desirable place to live and work.
Consider that in 2009, two years after the recession started, the national unemployment rate had
jumped to 10. 2 percent – the highest in 26 years – and much of that was long-term unemployment
of six months or more. And that, according to the Brookings Institution’s MetroMonitor report (March
2010), which tracks economic recession and recovery, 63 of the 100 largest metro areas “lost a
greater share of jobs eight quarters after the start of the “Great Recession” (the fourth quarter of 2007)