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Consumer Confidence Drops Sharply in March
After four consecutive months of gains, consumer confidence fell to near a three-year low in March due to a deterioration in the short-term outlook. The Consumer Confidence Index, reported by the Conference Board, slipped 12.6 points from 132.6 to 120.0 in March, the lowest reading since September 2017, as intensive coronavirus outbreak and extreme volatility in the financial markets have... Read More ›
Home Price Appreciation Accelerated in January
National home prices continued to increase over the first month of 2020, prior to coronavirus outbreak. Price growth will certainly decline as future months’ data is recorded. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, reported by S&P Dow Jones Indices, rose at a seasonally adjusted annual growth rate of 6.2% in January, faster than a 5.3% increase in... Read More ›
Pending Home Sales Reach 3-Year High Before Virus Outbreak
Following an 5.3% increase in January, pending home sales continued to trend higher in February, supported by low mortgage rates. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), is a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts. The PHSI grew 2.4% from 108.9 in January to 111.5 in February, the highest reading in three years.... 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 ›
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