Creating more jobs in Dallas TX (Click here) will be a major focus during the next five years.
At its annual meeting last week, the Dallas Regional Chamber announced the organization's top priority for the next five years will be economic development, including a focus on important issues like job creation and education.
"This region is in better shape than the rest of the country," DRC Chairman Mike Baggett said. "We've had more success than just about any other area. We're going to take that and build on it and make it better."
According to an article by the Dallas Business Journal, the DRC plans to:
- Add more jobs in Dallas than any other region in the United States by 2015
- Become a top five region for new technology jobs
- Make Dallas a top 10 region for Fortune Global 500 headquarters
- Make the area a top three region for major public and private American headquarters
- Improve the high school graduation rate throughout the Dallas Independent School District from 67 percent to 80 percent
- Increase the number of Dallas residents who hold advanced degrees from 10 percent to 15 percent
During December, the Dallas area's unemployment rate dropped from 8.3 percent to 8 percent, which is well below the national average of 9.4 percent.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Dallas-Plano-Irving area employed a total of 2,050,700 workers during December, which is up from 2,045,900 workers during November and a 1.4 percent increase from the previous year.