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Employment Situation in March: State-Level Analysis

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 49 states and the District of Columbia in March compared to the previous month while Alaska lost just 200 jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationwide total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 916,000 in March, following an increase of 468,000 jobs in February. On a month-over-month basis, employment data was strong in California,… Read More ›

Housing Starts Spring Forward in March

Housing production jumped in March despite rising lumber and other material prices affecting the housing industry. Overall housing starts increased 19.4% percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.74 million units, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This was the fastest pace for combined single-family and multifamily construction… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Edges Up as Strong Demand Offsets Supply-Side Challenges

Strong buyer demand pushed builder confidence up in April even as builders continued to grapple with rising lumber prices and supply chain issues and consumers faced higher home prices due to a lack inventory. The latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) shows that builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes rose… Read More ›

Remodeler Confidence Up Strongly Year over Year

Remodeler confidence was up strongly on a year-over-year basis, according to the Remodeling Market Index (RMI) released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).  In the first quarter of 2021, the RMI posted a reading of 86, up a full 38 points from the first quarter of 2020.  The large year-over-year increase signals a very strong recovery in… Read More ›

Construction Job Openings Fall Back in February

Job openings in construction declined in February to 266,000 unfilled positions, according to data from the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS). Hiring appeared to gain steam in February, although this was perhaps just statistical noise for the monthly data. However, March payroll employment numbers indicate strength ahead for the JOLTS construction data. Overall, hiring in the construction… Read More ›

Employment Situation in February: State-Level Analysis

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 33 states in February compared to the previous month while 16 states and the District of Columbia reported job losses. Montana reported no change in employment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationwide total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 379,000 in February, following an increase of 117,000 jobs in January. On a month-over-month basis,… Read More ›

New Home Sales Decline in February

After a slight rebound in December and January, the slowing of the pace of new single-family home sales continued in February as a combination of broader affordability challenges – higher rates and more costly materials – and storm effects reduced the volume of purchases. New single-family home sales declined 18% in February to a 775,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate, according… Read More ›

Second Homes: 15 Percent of New Home Sales

Last week’s post reported on first-time home buyers from the February survey for the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).   According to the same source, second homes (i.e., homes sold to buyers who are not going to occupy the home year-round, but use it as a vacation home, investment property, etc.) account for 15 percent of new single-family home sales. … Read More ›

Housing Starts Slow in February

Housing production continue to slow in February off strong levels as rising lumber and other material prices continue to affect the housing industry. Overall housing starts decreased 10.3% percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.42 million units, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. The February reading of… Read More ›

Employment Situation in January: State-Level Analysis

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 36 states in January compared to the previous month while 14 states and the District of Columbia reported job losses. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationwide total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 166,000 in January, following a decrease of 140,000 jobs in December. On a month-over-month basis, employment data was strong in Minnesota… Read More ›