Employment Archive

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...

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...

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...