Tag Archive for ‘economics’

Housing Starts Decline in March amidst Virus Impacts

According to estimates from the Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Departments, single-family starts began an expected, virus-related decline in March. Construction activity is expected to fall as virus mitigation efforts result in increased unemployment, economic uncertainty and lost business activity. Despite a strong start for 2020 in January and February, the April NAHB/Wells Fargo HMI point to additional construction… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Posts Historic Decline

Reflecting the growing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes plunged 42 points in April to 30, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The decline in April was the largest single monthly change in the history of the index and marks the lowest builder confidence… Read More ›

Virus Now Impacting Traffic for Nearly All Builders

In the third week of NAHB’s online poll, the coronavirus’s impact on traffic of prospective buyers has become almost ubiquitous.  A full 96 percent of respondents said the virus was having at least some adverse effect on traffic, and 72 percent characterized it as a major adverse effect. This result is based on 256 responses collected online between March 31… Read More ›

Week 2 Poll Shows Impacts of Virus on the Rise

The second week of NAHB’s online poll showed that several of the coronavirus’s impacts on the residential construction industry have become more widespread and severe.  Once again, traffic ranked as the most widespread problem, with 93 percent of respondents saying the coronavirus has had an adverse impact on traffic of prospective buyers. This result is based on 318 responses collected… Read More ›

Texas Led Job Gains in February

Year-over-year (YoY), total nonfarm employment increased by 2.4 million jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis (SA), or 1.6% from February 2019 to February 2020. During this time, total nonfarm employment in the Western region increased by 1.8%. The South, Northeast, and Midwest recorded gains at 1.5%, 1.0% and 0.4% respectively, during this time. It is important to note that this… Read More ›

What States are Most Reliant on Immigrant Construction Workers

Earlier this month, we published a post highlighting a high and rising reliance of construction on immigrant workers. Foreign-born workers now account for almost a quarter of workers in the construction industry, and close to 30% of construction tradesmen. In some states, reliance on foreign-born labor is even more pronounced. Immigrants comprise close to 40% of the construction workforce in… Read More ›

Survey: Builders Say Coronavirus Hurting Traffic

In a survey conducted by NAHB online in recent days, 81 percent of respondents said the coronavirus has had an adverse effect on traffic of prospective buyers.  The survey, which was publicized in various internal NAHB communications and social media, collected 308 responses between March 18 and March 23.  The largest share of responses (51 percent) came from single-family home… Read More ›