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Employment Situation in September: State-Level Analysis

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 33 states and the District of Columbia in September compared to the previous month while 16 states lost jobs. Wisconsin recorded no change. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationwide total nonfarm payroll employment increased at a slower rate by 194,000 in September, following an upwardly revised increase of 366,000 jobs in August. On… Read More ›

Single-Family Starts Flat in September

Total housing starts decreased 1.6% in September, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Single-family starts were flat for the month, while overall multifamily starts declined in August. The August total starts reading of 1.56 million starts is the number of housing units builders would begin if development kept this… Read More ›

Strong Demand Boosts Builder Confidence Despite Supply Chain Disruptions

Strong consumer demand helped push builder confidence higher in October despite growing affordability challenges stemming from rising material prices and shortages. Builder sentiment in the market for newly built single-family homes moved four points higher to 80 in October, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. Despite the increase, builders are getting increasingly concerned… Read More ›

Stable Conditions for Construction Job Openings

In the August labor market data, job openings for the overall economy remained elevated at 10.4 million open positions. What had been a challenge in certain sectors, like construction, continues as a broad labor access issue as businesses seek workers as the economy expands. The count of open construction jobs was stable at 344,000 unfilled positions, according to data from… Read More ›

Uptick for New Home Sales in August

After a prior cooling trend for the volume of new home sales, sales contracts increased 1.5% in August according to estimates from the Census Bureau and HUD. The August seasonally adjusted annual rate (740,000) was 24% lower than a year ago, when an unsustainable rebound took hold in the market. Higher prices have also affected housing affordability, with new home… Read More ›

Construction Reversal: Single-Family, Multifamily Units Under Construction

A reversal is taking place in the construction pipeline. Since early 2013, there have been consistently more multifamily units (residences within 2+ unit properties) under construction relative to single-family homes. This was due to multifamily construction recovering more quickly in the years after the Great Recession, as well as years of underbuilding in the single-family sector. However, as of July,… Read More ›

Federal Reserve: Closer to Taper

The Federal Reserve has been supporting the housing market during the virus crisis, the 2020 recession, and the subsequent, ongoing recovery via asset-backed purchases (among other tools), including $40 billion a month of mortgage-backed security (MBS) purchases. These MBS purchases have held interest rates lower than they otherwise would have been. Today, the Fed moved closer to announcing a tapering… Read More ›

Employment Situation in August: State-Level Analysis

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 31 states in August compared to the previous month while 19 states and the District of Columbia lost jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationwide total nonfarm payroll employment increased at a slower rate by 235,000 in August, following an upwardly revised increase of 1,053,000 jobs in July. On a month-over-month basis, employment… Read More ›