Houston county posts nation’s best gains for non-employer businesses

Non-employer businesses, such as real estate agents, grew near Houston between 2008 and 2009.According to a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau, Harris County, which encompasses Houston, recorded the greatest gains in terms of nonemployer businesses between 2008 and 2009 among the nation's largest 50 counties.Overall, the county added 8,748 businesses without paid employees during the period. This brought the total for Harris County to 329,426, according to the report. The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown region added 11,108 of these businesses.Among the companies the Census Bureau considers to be non-employer are real estate agents, beauticians and construction contractors.In contrast, New York lost the most non-employer firms, as its total fell by 8,241, while San Diego County, California, followed with a loss of 2,829.Texas gained the most during the 12-month period, with 8,260 non-employer businesses, followed by Georgia with 3,336 and Louisiana with 1,871. Nationwide, the percentage of non-employer businesses fell 1.2 percent to 21.1 million. The decline began in 2008.With more businesses in Houston, real estate transactions could increase, as more workers may now have the necessary funds to purchase a home.Courtesy of 2M Realty News

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