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Residential Construction Hiring Up More Than 300,000 in Last Two Months

Filed in Economics by on July 8, 2020 7 Comments
Residential Construction Hiring Up More Than 300,000 in Last Two Months

The U.S. Department of Labor reported that total payroll employment increased 4.8 million in June as the overall construction sector added 158,000 jobs after a revised increase of 453,000 in May. The number of residential construction jobs rose by 83,200 in June, after an increase of 224,200 in May.

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Backward-Looking April Construction Data: Layoffs Surged

Filed in Economics by on June 9, 2020 0 Comments
Backward-Looking April Construction Data: Layoffs Surged

Backward-looking data from the Job Openings Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) detail the sudden stop associated with the coronavirus and its impacts on the construction labor market. The April data show that the layoff rate in the construction sector increased from 7.9% in March to 10.4% in April. This is the highest rate recorded in the history of the JOLTS data, which began at the end of 2001.

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U.S. Posts Surprise Job Gains as Unemployment Falls to 13.3% in May

Filed in Economics by on June 5, 2020 0 Comments
U.S. Posts Surprise Job Gains as Unemployment Falls to 13.3% in May

In a strong signal that the economy may be rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. unemployment rate posted a surprise decline from 14.7% in April to 13.3% in May as total payroll employment increased by 2.5 million.

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Most Vulnerable Housing Markets

Filed in Economics by on June 1, 2020 0 Comments
Most Vulnerable Housing Markets

Which housing markets are most vulnerable during this downturn brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic? Based on current unemployment trends brought on by the outbreak, an analysis by the American Community Survey (ACS) sheds light on which states are likely to lag when the housing recovery takes hold.

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