Tag Archive for ‘construction’

Apartment Production Numbers Hit 4-Year Highs in September

In September, the (seasonally adjusted) annual rate of starts in buildings with five or more apartments was 260,000, according to the latest release from the Census Bureau’s Manufacturing and Construction Division.  This is up 25 percent from August, and the highest the five-plus starts rate has been since September of 2008.  To illustrate how far the market has come from the… Read More ›

Apartment Production Up Strongly Year Over Year

The Census Bureau’s preliminary estimate for starts in buildings with five or more apartments in July came in at  229,000 units (at a seasonally adjusted annual rate), up 9.6 percent from the revised figure for June (revisions to the May and June numbers were minor). The 3-month moving average has been very stable, hovering between 205,000 and 210,000 for the past… Read More ›

JOLTS Data: Growing Weakness for the Job Market

May data from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) confirm an ongoing slowdown in the labor market, with net hiring for the construction sector (residential and nonresidential) turning negative year-to-date for 2012. For the economy as a whole, the May JOLTS data reveal that hiring rates increased to 3.3%, one of the few pieces of good news in the report. The job openings rate (the… Read More ›

Homebuilders Struggle to Add to Payrolls

Starts of new single-family homes have jumped approximately 26% since May 2011 (and more than 46% since bottoming out in early 2009). Unfortunately, the rebound in starts does not appear to have bolstered job creation within the residential construction sector as payrolls have inched 1% higher in the past year. The homebuilding industry as a whole, which includes building contractors… Read More ›

Credit Conditions for Builders May Be Stabilizing, But Remain Tight

After more than five years of persistent tightening, NAHB’s survey on Acquisition Development & Construction (AD&C) financing finally shows conditions stabilizing somewhat in the first quarter of 2012.  After such a protracted period of decline, however, the stability comes at a very low level of credit availabity.  The NAHB survey results remain somewhat at odds with a similar net tightening… Read More ›

AD&C Lending May Enter a New Phase Soon

After a soft patch in late February and March, recent economic and housing data point to improvement in housing market conditions. For example: The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index was up 5 points in April, the highest level in five years The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index, a measure of home buying affordability, is at an all time high Total… Read More ›

AD&C Lending May Enter a New Phase Soon

After a soft patch in late February and March, recent economic and housing data point to improvement in housing market conditions. For example: The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index was up 5 points in April, the highest level in five years The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index, a measure of home buying affordability, is at an all time high Total… Read More ›

Construction Self Employment Rates are on the Rise

Construction is known for employing a relatively high share of self employed workers. In fact, according to the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS), the construction sector registers the second highest share of self-employed among all industries, more than 26 percent of the employed labor force, i.e. more than one in four construction workers are self employed.  Only agriculture has a… Read More ›

Montana’s At-Large Congressional District Has More Residential Construction Workers Than Any Other District

A new research paper from NAHB Economics presents the 2010 estimates of residential construction employment by state and Congressional district. Despite significant employment losses that took place in home building during the housing downturn the industry continues to employ a substantial number of workers in most parts of the country. NAHB estimates show that, nationally, close to 3.4 million people… Read More ›