Tag Archive for ‘economics’

Economic Growth Accelerates

In the second quarter of 2018, the nation’s economy grew at a faster pace than in the first quarter. According to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 4.1 percent in the second quarter of 2018. It was the strongest quarter of growth since the third… Read More ›

New Home Sales Fall Back in June

Contracts for new, single-family home sales declined in June, falling 5.3% to a 631,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate according to estimates from the joint release of HUD and the Census Bureau. The decline came off a downwardly revised May estimate, which was dropped from an initial read of 689,000 to a new estimate of 666,000. The June estimate was the lowest annual pace since… Read More ›

Western and Southern States Lead Job Gains in June

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 39 states and decreased in 11 states and the District of Columbia in June 2018 compared to May 2018. Over the month of May, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 43 states and the District of Columbia, and decreased in seven states compared to April 2018. Nationwide, total nonfarm payroll employment… Read More ›

Residential Construction Down in June

Following two consecutive monthly increases, single-family starts fell by 9.1 percent over the month of June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 858,000, according to a joint release by the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, over the quarter, starts of single-family houses was about flat, rising by 1.2 percent to 900,000. This is… Read More ›

Western States Lead Single-family Residential Permits Growth, Northeast Lags

Over the first five months of 2018, the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date (YTD) nationwide reached 363,327. On a year-over-year basis, this is an 8.0% increase over the May 2017 level of 336,410. The results from the SOC are similar, year-to-date single-family permits over the first five months of 2018 was, 363,700 which is 8.6% ahead of its… Read More ›

Slightly Longer Hours Worked Makes Up For Faster Inflation

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that, on a seasonally adjusted basis, headline consumer prices, grew over the month of June, but at a slower pace than in May. The monthly slowdown partly reflected a decline in energy prices, electricity and utility (piped) gas specifically, although food prices accelerated over the month. Excluding energy and food prices, “core” inflation held… Read More ›

Housing Share of GDP: First Quarter 2018

With the release of the final estimate of first quarter 2018 GDP growth (2% growth rate), housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) declined slightly to 15.3%. The home building and remodeling component – residential fixed investment – held steady at 3.5%. Housing-related activities contribute to GDP in two basic ways. The first is through residential fixed investment (RFI). RFI is effectively the… Read More ›

Mortgage Rates Remain Elevated

The Federal Housing Finance Agency reported that mortgage rates on purchases of newly built homes rose by seven basis points over the month of May 2018 to 4.51 percent, marking the seventh consecutive monthly increase. However, information compiled by Freddie Mac suggests that mortgage rates may have taken a breather in June. Despite the two basis points decline in mortgage… Read More ›