Economic Updates Archive

Latest Consumer Inflation (March 2015)

There is no inflation to speak of as consumer prices did not change over the past 12 months to March.  However, apartment rents continue to show heat with a 3.5 percent gain.  If there were to be some rise...

Top Employment States and Metros (March 2015)

Utah has taken the lead in job creation.  North Dakota, Wyoming, Georgia, and Florida round out the top-five.  At the other end, West Virginia, Montana, Maine, Mississippi, and Rhode Island are barely creating jobs. Due to the falling oil...

Falling Import Prices Help Contain Inflation and Interest Rates

Due to the strengthening in the U.S. dollar the prices of imported goods are falling.  That is helping the overall consumer prices to be tame.  Low inflation means interest rates can remain low for a longer period. In the...

Latest Employment Condition (March 2015)

Job growth slowed markedly in March. It is likely a one-month hiccup.  The broad job market conditions will likely re-strengthen in the upcoming months simply because the number of new filing for unemployment insurance has been rapidly declining.  In...

Latest Consumer Confidence (March 2015)

Consumers are becoming ever more confident.  That is a very good sign for home sales.  Only by believing in a better future will consumers make expenditures that are longer-lasting. In March, the consumer confidence index rose to 101.3.  An...