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Report: Sacramento tops nation’s largest counties for job growth

Sacramento County led the country’s largest counties in employment growth – across all job categories – in 2012-2013, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday.

Sacramento had the highest employment growth rate – up 5.5 percent to 428,475 positions – among the nation’s 50 largest counties. Annual payroll in Sacramento rose 9.9 percent to $20.9 billion during that period, the bureau said.

Sacramento topped two Texas counties that saw year-over-year growth rates of 4.9 and 4.7 percent, respectively. Three other California counties also made the Top 10 list for employment growth in 2012-2013: Los Angeles (3.8 percent), San Francisco (3.8 percent) and Santa Clara (3.5 percent).

The new findings released Thursday are from the bureau’s County Business Patterns: 2013 report, which provides detailed annual information on employees, number of establishments and payrolls for nearly 1,200 industries at the national, state and county levels.

According to the Census Burea, California had the most business establishments (874,243), the most employees (13.4 million) and the largest annual payroll ($742.5 billion) among all states in 2013. Texas ranked second in all three sectors – 547,190 establishments, 9.7 million employees and $468.4 billion in annual payroll.

Los Angeles County led all U.S. counties in the number of business establishments (253,227) and employment (3.8 million).

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