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Construction Labor Market Adjustment Continues

The shock and fallout to the construction labor market from the recession of 2020 continued in early Fall as housing activity strengthened due to low interest rates. After an accelerated pace of layoffs in March and April, construction hiring roared back in May and June, per data from the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS).  More recent July… Read More ›

Lot Size Hits New Record Low in 2019

For the first time since the Census Bureau started tracking lot sizes for new single-family detached homes, the median lot size for homes sold in 2019 dropped to 8,177 square feet, or 0.188 of an acre. This represents a solid drop of 390 square feet since 2018 and a new record low. The shrinking median lot size largely reflects the… Read More ›

New Home Sales at Highest Pace Since September 2006

New single-family home sales surged in August, as housing demand was supported by low interest rates, a renewed consumer focus on the importance of housing, and rising demand in lower-density markets like suburbs and exurbs. Census and HUD estimated new home sales in August at a 1.01 million seasonally adjusted annual pace, an approximate 4.8% gain over revised July rate… Read More ›

New York Led with Employment Gains in August

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 49 states in August compared to the previous month. The largest increase came from New York, which added 153,300 jobs during this time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationwide total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 1.4 million over the month of August, following an increase of 1.7 million jobs in July. Month-over-month (MoM),… Read More ›

How Many Homes are Concrete-Framed?

We know lumber prices are up more than 170% since mid-April as of mid-September. As housing has rebounded, the lack of lumber has materialized as a key weak spot for housing supply. With that in mind, what’s the market share of alternative framing methods? For better or worse, wood framing remains the dominant construction method for single-family homes in the… Read More ›

Single-Family Starts Expand in August

Single-family starts showed continued growth in August but overall housing production fell 5.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.42 million units due to a double-digit percentage decline in multifamily production, according to data from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Departments. The pace of single-family starts in August was the highest production rate since February…. Read More ›

Construction Loan Volume Contracts During 2Q20

Continuing a period of weakness that began at the end of 2019, the volume of residential construction lending posted a slight decline during the second quarter of 2020. This decline corresponded with a significant drop for the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index and 24% decline for single-family starts during the quarter. The volume of 1-4 unit residential construction loans made… Read More ›

Top Products Used in New Residential Construction

In a recent article, NAHB analysis of government data found that new single-family and multifamily construction used a total of roughly $94.93 billion in building products in 2019.  Although the vast majority of the $94.93 billion was produced domestically, supporting jobs in the U.S. manufacturing sector, about 6.4 percent ($6.12 billion) was imported from other countries.  It may seem a… Read More ›