economic forecasts Archive

Unemployment Insurance Claims Continue To Decline

Insurance claims by the jobless continue to decline, a sign of the continuing good health of the labor market. Claims for unemployment insurance filed in the week of December 13 totaled 298,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous...

Latest GDP and Forecast

The economy grew solidly in the second quarter, expanding at a 4.6 percent annualized rate. Business spending and residential investment from new home construction are leading the way. Such a fabulous growth rate, if it can be sustained, will...

Economic Forecast Presentation (NAR Leadership Summit 2014)

The 2014 NAR Leadership Summit, an annual event that brings together Presidents-Elect and Chief Staff Executives of the local and state associations, was held in late August in Chicago. As part of the program schedule, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence...

Housing Market Forecast

The housing market is beginning to roar back. Existing home sales have risen for two straight months after suffering declines since the summer months of last year. The pending contracts also show robust gains, implying home sales will further...

Economic Forecast

The economy shrank big time in the first quarter.  However, there were many transitory temporary factors that passed through, which will begin to reverse in the upcoming quarters.  No recession is on the horizon.  The economic expansion, however, will...