Economic Index Ends Record Year

Commerce's Economic Index ends year on record high, spurred by good payroll, jobs news

The Bryan-College Station Economic Index closed the year at a record high of 154.5 as the area enjoyed a growth economy in 2016, according to the monthly report from Commerce National Bank.

In addition to a healthy 2016, the metro-area economy has seen 67 straight months of expansion.

The pace of growth slowed a bit in the fourth quarter as retail sales and auto sales slumped.

Leading the good news was ongoing growth in jobs and construction.

In jobs:

In construction:

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