Houston is booming; pushed by oil and gas jobs

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by Vicente Arenas / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on March 14, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 6:40 PM

HOUSTON -- The Bayou City is a hotspot for jobs. So much so, more people have moved to Harris County than any other county in the United States from July 2011 to July 2012.

You may have noticed some of the growing pains.

Near the North Freeway in Spring, crews are building new roads and homes.

Pastures still filled with cattle are now being replaced with new subdivisions.

Families are coming to southeast Texas for jobs being generated by the oil and gas industry.

Keaton Swayze's family moved to Spring three months ago.

He says he's “happy here where it's sunny compared to Portland where it's raining almost every day."

The census shows an estimated 200 people move into Harris County each day. That’s' 80,000 people a year.

"It's not boom time, but we are doing better than the rest of the country,” University of Houston economics professor Steven Craig.

Craig says the Houston area can expect to continue create more jobs because of the energy industry.

It's not an oil boom, but it's a good boom.

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