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Alec Friedhoff and Siddharth Kulkarni / Brookings Institution / September 25, 2013
Brookings Institution fellows Alec Friedhoff and Siddharth Kulkarni produce this updated version of the Metro Monitor, which tracks the performance of the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, presenting data for four key indicators-jobs, unemployment, gross product, and home prices-over three time periods. It’s nearly fourth quarter 2013. Do you know where your rebound is?
Robert Dietz / NAHB / September 10, 2013
The count of construction sector job openings in recent months is at levels last seen in 2008 according to government employment data. While the increase of unfilled positions in 2013 is consistent with the uptick in construction sector activity, particularly for home building, the data reflect only modest increases in total employment thus far. The rise in the count of open positions is thus consistent with reports of local labor shortages.
For the construction sector, Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate that grossRead More
NAHB / August 21, 2013
Even with improving economic conditions, a record number of Millennials live with their parents. According to a recent study published by the Pew Institute, the share of the U.S. population aged 18 to 31 living in their parent’s home increased to 36 percent or a record 21.6 million young adults in 2012. The share of the same age group living with parents prior to the start of the Great Recession was 32 percent and 34 percent at the end of the Great Recession in 2009.
This growth has largely been attributed to three factors; declining employment, increasing college enrollment, and decliningRead More
Ben Casselman / The Wall Street Journal / August 6, 2013
It’s getting easier for unemployed workers to find jobs. Whether they’re good jobs is another question.
There were 2.99 job seekers for every open job in June, the Labor Department said Tuesday, the first time the ratio has dropped below three since October 2008. Unemployed workers still have it a lot harder than in the mid-2000s, when there were consistently fewer than two workers per opening, but their prospects are far better than in the depths of the recession, when there were more than six job seekers for every job.
July data won’t be available for another month, but it likely showedRead More
Richard Florida / The Atlantic Cities / May 9, 2013
Homeownership is a vaunted cornerstone of the American Dream. It’s long been viewed as providing a path to financial security and the good life. And it’s often posed as a barometer of the health of the economy writ large. it’s been center stage, after all, in the ongoing conversation about the economic crisis and recovery. The American government has provided substantial incentives to spur homeownership for decades.
But, in recent years, a growing chorus of economists have argued that America may have gone overboard in its pursuit of homeownership. They suggest that highRead More