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Austin's economy in a nutshell

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Austin's economy in a nutshell

Average Austin wage (2009): $45,180

Number of public companies on major exchanges: 28, includes Dell Inc. and Whole Foods Market Inc.

Venture capital (2009): 47 deals, $171.3 million

Home sales: The median price for 2009 was $188,480, down 0.5 percent from 2008. 19,005 homes sold in 2009.

Job growth:774,500 jobs in 2009, a 0.3 percent decrease from 2008.

New homes (2009): Austin-area homebuilders started construction on 6,784 houses in 2009, down 25 percent from 2008.

Retail sales: $21.3 billion

Sources: Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Austin Board of Realtors, PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree Report, Residential Strategies Inc., Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Texas comptroller's office.