For decades, the economies of Dallas and Fort Worth moved in tandem, usually rising and falling together and growing at similar rates.
But their paths have diverged, primarily because the eastern side of the region, known as Dallas-Plano-Irving, has grown much faster than the western side, Fort Worth-Arlington.
Compounding the effect, Dallas has created many more high-paying jobs in professional and business services. As a result, one side of the metro is lapping the other, at least by some key economic measures.
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