Collin County Emerging From Economic Downtown

By Randy McIlwain
|  Monday, Apr 4, 2011  |  Updated 10:47 PM CDT
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Businesses are investing and expanding in Collin County, creating more jobs.

Randy McIlwain, NBCDFW.com

Businesses are investing and expanding in Collin County, creating more jobs.

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The suburbs aren't just a place to live -- the latest employment figures show they are also a place to live and work.

Collin County's February numbers, the latest available, show unemployment is at 7.3 percent., significantly lower than the state and national averages.

Unemployment in Collin County hasn't exceeded 7.6 percent in the last year, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

And more jobs are on the way. Several large corporations are locating and expanding in cities across the county.

Walmart is hiring 375 for a new store in Frisco.

"It feels nice," recent hire Katy Cabha said. "I'll be able to buy things for my kids now."

Cabha, a mother of two and a college student, looked for work that offered a decent salary and flexible hours for two years.

"I don't know about the economy, but things for me seem to be getting better," Cabha said.

Collin County has hospitals under construction, and dozens of businesses also are under construction, with "now hiring" signs up.

Smaller mom-and-pop shops that suffered through the recession with bare-bones staffs are also expanding. Tony Felker, president of Frisco's Chamber of Commerce, said the growth is "translating on down to medium and smaller companies."

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, more jobs are being filled at a faster pace in Collin County.

With summer construction and seasonal hiring yet to begin in Collin County, more jobs are likely on the way.

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