Change in real gross metro product since peak: 3.6 percent
Change in no. of jobs since peak: -2.5 percent
Unemployment rate (May 2011): 7.9 percent
Change in housing prices since peak: -10.2 percent
Texas’s largest metro area has thriving logistics, technology, and professional service industries, including such companies as Texas Instruments, Exxon-Mobil, Baylor Health Care System, and Bell Helicopter, according to the Dallas Regional Chamber. The area has attracted many new residents, and the population has grown from 6 million in 2006 to nearly 6.4 million in 2010, according to data from Texas A&M University and the U.S. Census Bureau.