Employment Archive

Unemployment Insurance Claims Continue To Decline in Most States

The number of people losing jobs continues to remain on a downtrend. Initial unemployment insurance claims that were filed during the week that ended March 21 totaled 282,000 (seasonally adjusted), fewer by 9,000 claims from the previous week’s unrevised...

State and Metro Employment in January 2015

A job is virtually guaranteed in Midland (Texas), Lincoln (Nebraska), and Ames (Iowa), where the unemployment rate is under 3 percent. The unemployment rate can be misleading about the health of the local economy at times.  If, for example,...

Irish Home Price Trend and the U.S. Forecast

Irish home prices rose at 16 percent in 2014.  That gain was the best in the world.  Ireland had experienced a big bubble and burst, but the climb since then has been consistently one of the best.   It is...

Apartment Spotlight: Lexington, KY Records Largest YoY Vacancy Decline

Commercial fundamentals improved in the fourth quarter 2014, with rising net absorption driving rents higher across the major property types. As employment gains are expected to continue into 2015, demand for commercial space is expected to advance. Multifamily demand...

Demand for Townhouses Improved in Many Markets in January 2015

REALTOR® confidence about the outlook for townhomes in the next six months improved in many states, according to the January 2015 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey.   The REALTORS® Confidence Index-Six-Month Outlook crossed the threshold of 50 in many states. Demand...