Category Archives: Employment and Unemployment

U.S. Weekly Economic Roundup: Speed Bump

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that just 126,000 payroll jobs were added in March. With the downward revisions of past two months, job gains have now averaged 197,000 per month this quarter (compared with 324,000 the previous quarter). The unemployment rate remained 5.5%, and yearly wage growth continues to stay within 1.8%-2.2%. The […]

U.S. Weekly Economic Roundup: Getting Better Slowly But Surely

The Federal Reserve’s Financial Accounts of the U.S. (previously known as the Flow of Funds report) showed that in fourth-quarter 2014 U.S. households saw the largest increase in their net worth since fourth-quarter 2013. While far from being equally distributed, household net worth is now 26% higher than its 2007 pre-recession peak, mainly due to […]

U.S. Weekly Economic Roundup: High Spirits

American consumers’ spirits are very strong. The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index rose 4.5 points in January to reach 98.1, the highest level since January 2004. Clearly, consumers feel increasingly confident about their economic prospects. This is good news since a more confident consumer is likely to spend more on big-ticket and discretionary items. […]

U.S. Weekly Economic Roundup: Solid As A Rock

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that October was yet another month of solid job gains. Nonfarm payrolls rose 214,000, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.8% from 5.9% the previous month. Although it was great to see more folks coming back to the labor force and even more getting employed, the missing wage […]

U.S. Weekly Economic Roundup: Slow And Steady Wins The Race

Home sales are moving in the right direction with the help of low mortgage rates and an improving jobs market. Housing starts and permits have rebounded to 1 million plus, with multi-family structures leading the way. As home prices continue to rise at a slower pace and as credit begins to flow more freely to […]

Affordable Multifamily Housing Hot Topics Event

Please save Wednesday, October 8, for Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services’ Affordable Multifamily Housing Hot Topics Event in San Francisco. Senior credit analysts from S&P Ratings’ Housing Enterprises and Structured Securities group will discuss mortgage finance and housing industry trends. Register Today. This event will precede the Novogradac Affordable Housing Conference on October 9-10 in […]

U.S. Forecast Update: High Anxiety

Although the sizable jump in U.S. GDP growth in the second quarter helped allay Wall Street worries, Main Street is still jittery. According to the August WSJ/NBC Poll, 71% of American adults think the country is on the wrong track (up from 63% in June) and that the economic problems facing the U.S. are mostly […]

U.S. Weekly Economic Roundup: Positivity Continues

Productivity rose 2.5% in the second quarter, consistent with a soundly growing economy but not reflective of the very strong GDP growth that characterized the second quarter. On a year-over-year basis, productivity is up 1.2%, consistent with only lukewarm economic growth. Manufacturing productivity growth was solid, while service-sector productivity growth was not so. Unit labor […]

S&P’s Affordable Housing Hot Topics Event

Please join us on Tuesday, June 10, for Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services’ Affordable Housing Hot Topics Event in New York. Senior credit analysts from S&P Ratings’ Housing Enterprises and Structured Securities group along with our financial services, corporate and RMBS ratings teams will discuss mortgage finance and housing industry trends. Register Today. Our cross-sector […]

After Several Years Of Steady Decline, U.S. Household Leverage Is Showing Signs Of Increasing Again

The great leveraging of America began in the mid-1980s with the wider use of credit cards and the introduction of home equity lines of credit. By 2000, household debt had grown to more than 90% of disposable personal income, and by the end of 2007, it had peaked at 135%. During the financial crisis and […]

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