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Austin’s Job Market Growth Simplified

published on March 2, 2013

Virtually every Austinite who reads, watches, or hears the news knows Austin’s job market is continuing to grow. Austin recently landed expansions from companies such as Apple and National Instruments, and these types of hiring opportunities have kept the unemployment rate hovering around 5%, well below that of the United States and most other cities in the nation. And, it seems with the jobs come even more people seeking a desirable Austin lifestyle, as Austin was just reported as the #1 city in the nation for population growth.

In January 2013, the Texas Workforce Commission and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the Austin metro area added over 35,000 jobs in the rolling 12 month period ending November 2012. This 4.4% growth rate ranks Austin at the top of the nation’s largest metro areas. even ranked Austin the “Best City for Job Seekers.”

Tech, manufacturing, and healthcare are some of the largest industries in Austin, with major companies such as Dell, which makes its home in north Austin, plus IBM, 3M, Seton Family of Hospitals, Applied Materials, and Google. Austin local giant Whole Foods, in its trendy central Austin home, is clearly a key player, as is the friendly startup environment that draws so many creatives and entrepreneurs to town.

The National Instruments expansion alone is slated to bring 1,000 new technical and engineering jobs to Austin (and NI will spend $80 million in the process, to expand its Texas research and development complex.) Who else has announced expansions? The Austin Chamber of Commerce compiled a list of the 2012 announced Austin business expansions and relocations:

Abadak Outdoors Outdoor products online sales & distribution 25 Taylor New
American Campus Communities Student housing services (Hdq.) 100 Austin Expanded
Apple Computer maker’s tech & admin support center 3,635 Austin New/ Expanded
Atlantic Coast Polymers Polymer mfg. for water treatment industry (Hdq.) 30 Lockhart Expanded
Audingo Social media communication service (Hdq.) 10 Austin Expanded
Battlecry Studios Game development studio (Hdq.) 10 Austin New
Berry Aviation Aircraft charter, maintenance & FBO (Hdq.) 20 San Marcos Expanded
BigCommerce e-commerce solutions (Hdq.) 70 Austin Expanded
Bigelow Homes Residential home developer & builder (Hdq.) 12 San Marcos New
BikeValet Conveyorized bike storage device mfg. (Hdq.) 10 Taylor New
Bloomfire Social learning management software developer 25 Austin Expanded
Cadillac Jack Casino gaming systems software developer 25 Austin New
Calxeda (formerly Smooth-Stone) Semiconductor chip developer focused low-power processor chips for the server market (Hdq.) 80 Austin Expanded
Cirrus Logic Semiconductor chip design, for audio, PCs & power meters (Hdq.) 95 Austin Expanded
Civitas Learning Higher education performance analytics software (Hdq.) 10 Austin Expanded
DiFusion Technologies Medical device developer for orthopedic implants (Hdq.) 10 Austin Expanded
EIEIO Coffee beverage & food dispensing systems manufacturer 20 Pflugerville Expanded
Codero Managed hosting & cloud computing 12 Austin New
Eloqua Software & analytics for marketing 28 Austin Expanded
Emergo Group Consultant for medical device process & product certification (Hdq.) 70 Austin Expanded
Endo Health Solutions Healthcare company’s finance shared services center 30 Austin New
Famigo Family game developer (Hdq.) 10 Austin Expanded
General Motors IT innovation center, vehicle applications & business processes 500 Austin New
Go Green International Biomass recycling, pelletized fuel mfg. (Hdq.) 75 Bastrop County New
Headspring Systems Customized software development (Hdq.) 24 Austin Expanded
HID Global Secure identity products & technology manufacturer 276 Austin New
Indeed Online job search website 90 Austin Expanded
iResearch Technology research firm for patents (Hdq.) 15 Austin Expanded
Javelin Mixed-signal ICs developer for wireless communications (Hdq.) 10 Austin Expanded
Kabam Social game developer 130 Austin New
Kimbia Web-based software for fundraising campaigns (Hdq.) 20 Austin Expanded
Kin Valley Social network for families (Hdq.) 10 Austin New
Kinnser Software Software development for home health care industry (Hdq.) 60 Austin Expanded
Lumeris Information technology services/ software for health care industry 100 Austin New
MapMyFitness Social media developer (Hdq.) 50 Austin Expanded
Mass Relevance Social media message management, especially Twitter (Hdq.) 15 Austin Expanded
Mitratech Enterprise legal management software solutions (Hdq.) 120 Austin New
Netspend Credit card processing & marketing services (Hdq.) 40 Austin Expanded
New Era Portfolio Fine art print mfg. (Hdq.) 35 Austin Expanded
nGenx Cloud based computing, product management division 10 Austin New
Other World Computing Computer hardware design & sales 50 Austin New
OtherInbox Email mgt software (Hdq.) 26 Austin Expanded
PeopleAdmin HR mgt software (Hdq.) 40 Austin Expanded
Plastic Kegs America Plastic beverage keg mfg. 10 Georgetown New
PrintGlobe Printing & promotional services (Hdq.) 20 Austin Expanded
Progressive Insurance Insurance (call center) 185 Austin Expanded
Quarri Technologies Internet security software developer (Hdq.) 10 Austin Expanded
QuickDash Financial bookkeeping software developer (Hdq.) 25 Austin Expanded
Revionics Retail software (SaaS, price optimization) product dev & training 30 Austin New
Samsung Austin Semiconductor Semiconductor chip mfg., R&D (Hdq.) 25 Austin Expanded
Sapling Learning Interactive software for college-level science education (Hdq.) 30 Austin Expanded
SecureNet Payment Systems Payment solutions provider’s technology & innovation center 200 Austin New
Socialware Social media management software (Hdq.) 50 Austin Expanded
Summit Hotel Properties Real estate investment trust, hotels (Hdq.) 20 Bee Cave New
Tableau Software Data analysis software 150 Austin New
TASUS Texas Corp.  Auto parts (injection-molded plastic) mfg. 40 Georgetown Expanded
Techarati Mobile app software development (Hdq.) 16 Austin New
Transverse Business support solutions/software for telecom industry (Hdq.) 20 Austin Expanded
Union Pacific Freight rail carrier, engineering operations 45 Austin New
Unwired Nation Cross platform website conversion tool (Hdq.) 15 Austin Expanded
Whaleshark Media Online deals & coupon purveyor (Hdq.) 70 Austin Expanded
Whole Foods Grocery retailer (Hdq.) (corporate) 70 Austin Expanded
Yodle (formerly Profit Fuel) Online/interactive marketing technology & services 400 Austin New/ Expanded
Zello Mobile communication app developer (Hdq.) 50 Austin New
Zenoss Custom computer programming services (Hdq.) 75 Austin Expanded
Ziften Technologies Software developer, network efficiency tool (Hdq.) 15 Austin Expanded

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