Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin today called a positive report about job growth in the City of Fresno during 2009 “a step in the right direction” for job-creation efforts in the City.

According to an article by CareerBuilder editor Kate Lorenz based on Bureau of Labor Statistics information, Fresno was among only 19 cities in the country that experienced job growth of 1 percent or more from July to October 2009.  

During that period, 293,100 people were employed in Fresno in October, a 1.1 percent increase over the 289,900 employed in July.

“This is encouraging news because we experienced job growth in a wide range of sectors – service industries, food manufacturing, education and health, professional and business services, and government,” Mayor Swearengin said.  “We know that we still have a lot of work to do, but this is an indication that we’re taking a step in the right direction.”

The article notes that 77 cities added jobs from July to October 2009, 11 metropolitan areas saw no change and another 193 metros saw declines in jobs, according to seasonally adjusted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Only two other California metropolitan areas – Merced and Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta — experienced job growth of more than 1 percent from July to October 2009. 

The CareerBuilder article can be accessed here.