Economy by the numbers

A home under construction in Williston. So far in 2019, five building permits have been issued for new residential buildings in the city.

Between April 2018 and April 2019, hotel occupancy in Williston jumped more than 16 percent, and tax revenue from hotels and restaurants increased by nearly 38 percent.

The month of April also saw the first building permit for a new apartment unit in more than a year.

Here are the numbers on Williston’s economic health, as collected by Williston Economic Development.

1.8 percent: Williams County unemployment rate in April, down from 2.2 percent in April 2018.

$1,422,982: sales tax revenue distributed to Williston by the state, up from $1,368,320 the previous April.

$7,467,649: sales tax distribution for January through April 2019, compared to $6,317,640 for the same period in 2018.

31: Number of single-family homes sold in Williston in April, compared to 35 in April 2018.

113: Number of single-family homes sold in Williston for January through April 2019, compared to 119 for the same period in 2018.

$270,316: Average single-family home price for the first four months of 2019, up from $246,719 in the first four months of 2018.

6,876: Number of boardings at Sloulin Field in April, up from 5,810 the year before.

26,141: Number of boardings at Sloulin Field for January through April 2019, compared to 22,231for the same period in 2018.

$4,692,983: The value of a property for a new apartment complex in Williston that got a building permit in April.

28: The total number of building permits issued in April 2019, which had a total value of $7,847,606. That compares to 23 the year before, which had a total value of $2,900,217.

83: The number if building permits issued between January and April 2019, which had a total value of $15,707,318. That compares to 74 the year before, which had a total value of $4,289,821.

57.9 percent: Hotel occupancy rate in April 2019, up from 41.6 percent from the previous previous.

48.5 percent: Hotel occupancy rate from January through April 2019, up from 36.9 percent the prior year.

37.5 percent: The increase in restaurant and lodging tax collected in April 2019 ($74,370) compared to April 2018 ($54.062).

30.8 percent: The increase in city occupancy tax collected by Williston in April 2019 ($30,745) compared to April 2018 ($23,496).

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