Employment Archive

Unemployment Insurance Claims

Initial claims for unemployment insurance filed under the regular state programs during the week ended August 9 rose to 311,000, an increase of 21,000 from the previous week’s level. The trend has generally been downward so the spike may...

July Employment Report

Solid job gains of 209,000 in July, bringing the 12-month tally to 2.6 million.  Job gains will be critical for home sales and commercial leasing activity in what will inevitably be a rising interest rate environment ahead. Construction related...

State and Metro Employment Conditions in May

Nearly 80 percent of the 372 metropolitan areas now have more jobs than one year ago according to the latest government statistics.  Job growth has been especially strong in Dallas-Ft. Worth region, Austin, Orlando, and San Jose – all...

Latest Jobs and Employment Data

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed that 288,000 jobs were added to the economy in June, marking the fifth consecutive month of net job growth above 200,000. Upward revisions to April and May data added 29,000...

Two Year Change in Employment (by Metro Area)

Job creation and household formation are major drivers of the trend in home sales. Job creation has been strong but inconsistent over the last year. However, some areas have shown significant improvements. Notably, several formerly distressed markets have shown...