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CPI Growth Slows in May

In May, headline inflation rose slower relative to April, while core inflation remained unchanged. On a seasonally adjusted

Construction Job Openings Rise in April

Data from the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) indicate that construction job openings increased in April, consistent with the ongoing challenge of the availability of labor for builders. The estimated number of job openings in the construction sector increased to 404,000, a post-Great Recession high. Moreover,

Job Growth Softened in May

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 75,000 in May, while the unemployment rate remained at 3.6%. Residential construction employment increased by 5,200 in May, after a decline of 1,600 jobs in April. The total construction industry (both residential and nonresidential) gained 4,000 jobs in May. According to the

Small City Single-Family Building Growth Slowing

After several years of steady construction gains, single-family construction in small cities experienced a net deceleration of growth going into 2019. Such areas represent 37% of all single-family construction nationwide. With a population of nearly 95 million, small cities in the U.S. account for about 30% of the

AD&C Loan Volume Expands at Start of 2019

After a slight dip at the end of 2018, a consequence of rising interest rates, the volume of residential construction loans increased 1.5% during the first quarter of 2019. The fourth quarter decline of 0.2% ended a period of 22 consecutive quarters of growth. The expansion of construction

Pending Home Sales Slide in April

After a large gain in March, pending home sales slightly dropped in April. 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 fell 1.5% from 105.9 in March to 104.3 in April, and

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Homeowners Cautious with Lines of Credit Despite Equity Gains

The current release of the Federal Reserve’s Z.1 Financial Accounts report of the U.S., also known as the flow of funds report, shows a continuing increase in the market value of households in the U.S. Mortgage debt continues to expand as well, albeit at a much slower pace.

Single-Family Permit Continues To Be Weak in April

Over the first four months of 2019, the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date (YTD) nationwide reached 261,119. On a year-over-year (YoY) basis, this is a 6.5% decline over the April 2018 level of 279,302. Year-to-date ending in April, single-family permits reported growth only in the Northeast

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