DALLAS (Dallas Business Journal, Austin American-Statesman, San Antonio Business Journal, San Antonio Express-News) – By all accounts, Texas is holding firm when it comes to job creation.

 Just days after the Real Estate Center’s latest review of the Texas economy found that the state as a whole gained 133,100 jobs during the year ending in August, the Dallas Business Journal reported that Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington posted the second strongest employment gains in the last year in the nation.

 That market gained 28,700 jobs betwen August 2009 and August 2010 — a 1 percent increase — making it second only to New York City.

 But DFW isn’t the only Texas metro with good news this week on the employment front.

 The Austin American-Statesman reports that Progressive Group of Insurance Companies will hire 175 more workers at its Austin contact center in January.

 Meanwhile, in San Antonio, Christus Santa Rosa Health System will employ about 100 at its planned $25 million surgical specialty hospital on Treeline Park. In addition, Allstate Insurance Co. plans to hire at least 100 bilingual employees over the next month at its local customer information center, and West Corp. will expand the full-time workforce at its Universal City office by more than 500.