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RHT Presents Your December 2017 News To Know

December 2017 Saw Low Unemployment Rates

In the week ending December 9th, the number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits fell by 11,000 to 225,000---the 2nd lowest reading since 1973! It's also important to not that this number of new applications came in less than the 239,000 expected by economists polled by Reuters, and less than the 235,000 that had been projected by economists surveyed by the Wall Street Journal. It'a always good news when the economy outperforms projections!

Town of Flower Mound is #1 in saftey

Flower Mound residents live in the safest town or city with a population of 50,000 people or more, according to a new study released at the end of November 2017. SAFEHOME, a research organization that studies home security equipment and monitoring plans, recently released the results of a study identifying the top 65 safest cities in Texas with a population of 50,000 or larger, and Flower Mound tops the list, according to a town news release. SAFEHOME analysts calculated safety scores for each community studied using FBI crime data, population and citizen to officer ratio. Allen came in at #2, Georgetown #3, Mansfield #4, Frisco #8, Rowlett #9, Plano #11, McKinney #12.

In 2009 the Texas Senate designated Grapevine as the "Christmas Capital of Texas". Records from the state comptroller's office show that in December 2015, Grapevine's sales tax allocation was more than $4.44 million. In December 2016 the tax income increased to more than $4.63 million. The average monthly sales income in 2016 for Grapevine was $3.39 million per month. In December, however, that number jumped to $4.63 million. Leigh Lyons, Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau Communications Director, estimated that 1.5 million visitors enjoy the festivities in Grapevine during the 40 day season.

Another study released on December 5, 2017 can attest to how much Dallas-Fort Worth is growing. This particular one from Updater, a New York-based technology firm, puts the DFW Metroplex at No. 2 among the 15 most popular moving destinations of 2017. Washington D.C. took the top spot. Los Angeles followed D-FW in third place. The destinations were determined by analyzing one million household moves that took place between Jan. 1 and Oct. 1, 2017, according to the firm. Austin was on the list at #6 and Houston also made the top 10 at #7. Roughly 32 million Americans moved in 2017.

That's the News to Know for now! As always, let us know if you have something we should know!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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