Houston added 54,200 jobs over last yearHouston added 54,200 jobs over last yearhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=175502017-08-22T05:00:00Z2017-08-22T15:00:00Z

​​​​​​HOUSTON – The metro added 54,200 new jobs over the last year, one of the strongest job growth reports since 2015, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

The area's unemployment rate in July was 4.9 percent, down from 5.3 percent in June and 5.8 percent in July 2016. 

The Houston area ranks second in the nation in single-family home starts with 27,114 home starts in the 12-month period ending June 30. Dallas ranked first with 31,049, according to Metrostudy.

So far this year, 46,580 single-family homes have been sold in the area, according to the Houston Association of Realtors. That's 6.8 percent over the year-to-date sales of 2016, which was the strongest year ever for local home sales. 

More than 8,000 existing homes were sold in both May and June, the first two times that the area's monthly sales totals have ever broken the 8,000-sales mark.

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