Tag Archive for ‘economics’

Employment Rose in Most States

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 32 states and decreased in 17 states and the District of Columbia in November 2017 compared to October 2017 while the level of employment in Maine remained unchanged. Year-over-year, 47 states increased employment while four states lost payroll employment during this time. As a result payroll employment nationwide… Read More ›

Reluctant Return of Native-Born Construction Workers Drives the Immigrant Share Up

New NAHB research shows that the share of foreign-born workers in the US construction labor force has been rising since the housing recovery got underway. Immigrant workers now account for close to one in four workers, the highest share recorded by the American Community Survey (ACS). The time-series analysis shows that the rising share of immigrants in construction cannot be… Read More ›

States in the South and West Led 2017 Population Growth

The U.S. population grew by 2.3 million between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017, representing a 0.7% increase from 323.4 million to 325.7 million according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s national and state population estimates. Despite some volatility, U.S. population growth has been slowly declining since 1992 as shown by the chart below. Over the 1990 to 1999 period… Read More ›

Pending Sales Up 0.2% in November

The Pending Home Sales Index increased slightly by 0.2% in November, and is 0.8% above a year ago. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) is a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The PHSI increased 4.1% in the Northeast and 0.4% in the Midwest, but decreased 0.4% in the South and 1.8%… Read More ›

New Home Sales Hit Post-Recession High in November

Contracts for new, single-family home sales expanded by 17.5% in November to a 733,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to estimates from the joint release of HUD and the Census Bureau. The particularly strong growth rate was due to a large downward revision for the October estimate (624,000, originally 685,000). However, the November sales rate was the fastest pace since July 2007. The expansion is… Read More ›

Housing Share of GDP: Third Quarter 2017

With the release of the final estimate of third quarter 2017 GDP (a 3.2% annual growth rate), housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) declined slightly to 15.3%. However, the home building and remodeling component – residential fixed investment – held steady at 3.4%. Housing-related activities contribute to GDP in two basic ways. The first is through residential fixed investment (RFI). RFI is effectively the… Read More ›

Economy Grows in Q3, Exceeding Potential

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported that the economy, as measured by growth in real gross domestic product (GDP), rose by 3.2 percent in the third quarter of 2017. The third estimate of third quarter 2017 GDP growth is slightly less than the 3.3 percent growth rate recorded in the second estimate, but faster than the “advance”, or initial,… Read More ›

Existing Sales Surge 5.6% in November

November existing sales embraced an end of the year rally, increasing 5.6% to the highest level since December 2006; but the first-time buyer share of 29% continued to disappoint. The National Association of Realtors reported 44% of homes sold last month were on the market less than a month, a slightly slower pace than the 47% last month. The November… Read More ›

Most States Saw Permits Growth Over October YTD

According to the Census Bureau’s Building Permits Survey (BPS), over the first ten months of 2017 the total number of permits, which included single-family and multi-family, issued nationwide on a not seasonally adjusted basis reached 1,070,750. This is 6.8% ahead of its level over the first ten months of 2016, 1,002,139. These data are taken from the Builder Permits Survey… Read More ›

Strong Housing Starts Estimate Matches Rise in Builder Confidence

Total housing starts increased in November, with strong readings from the single-family sector. Total starts increased 3.3% to a 1.3 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to the joint data release from the Census Bureau and HUD. The headline number was supported by strong numbers from single-family home building. Single-family starts increased for the month, rising 5.3% to a 930,000 seasonally adjusted… Read More ›