Tag Archives: construction spending

Construction, Retail Sales Higher

The Mortgage Corner The strength of the economy right now is in the housing and construction sectors, again areas insulated from global factors, such as China’s slowdown. Construction spending, next to vehicle sales, is perhaps the week’s best surprise, rising … Continue reading

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Unemployment Report Misleading

Financial FAQs Today’s lower than predicted payroll creation of 173,000 jobs doesn’t change my prediction of higher jobs growth ahead. My prediction yesterday was for 250,000 payroll jobs in August, but downward seasonal adjustments reduced payrolls by -800,000. In other … Continue reading

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Construction Leads Housing, GDP Recovery

The Mortgage Corner Pending home sales are still rising. And that’s in large part because both residential and non-residential commercial construction is in fact soaring. The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced today that construction spending during … Continue reading

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2015 Housing Construction Will Surge

The Mortgage Corner We believe housing construction is about to bloom this spring, due to growing employment. For starters, an additional 45,000 construction jobs were added to nonfarm payrolls in April. This is even though construction spending to date has … Continue reading

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March New-Home Sales A Dud

“Sales of new single-family houses in March 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 11.4 percent … Continue reading

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Will 2014 Be Best Employment Year Since 1999?

Popular Economics Weekly Calculated Risk’s Bill McBride has just come out with a noteworthy prediction. This could be the best year for private employment since 1999. “The consensus is the economy will add another 220 thousand jobs in November (215 … Continue reading

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Rising Consumer Confidence To Boost Growth

Popular Economics Weekly Consumers seem to finally be consuming their normal share of economic growth—which is currently 68.2 percent of GDP, or overall economic activity. We know this because they are spending more, and their confidence numbers are returning to … Continue reading

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Jobs Recession Finally Over?

Financial FAQs Is the jobs recession finally over? It’s taken this long to bring employment back to pre-Great Recession levels. Overall employment is still slightly below the pre-recession peak (437 thousand fewer total jobs).  But private employment is now above … Continue reading

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Deflation is the Danger

Financial FAQs The Federal Reserve is about to announce their decision on when to begin tapering their purchases of securities at next Tuesday’s FOMC meeting. Among other issues is whether there is any danger of future inflation from continuing the $85 … Continue reading

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How To Lower That Household Debt?

Financial FAQs Here is the underlying reason our economy isn’t growing faster, hence creating more jobs. Household debt hasn’t even declined to early 2000 levels, mainly because household incomes haven’t risen above 2000 levels, after inflation is factored in. Mortgage … Continue reading

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