Employment Archive

Latest Employment Report (April 2015)

Job gains were solid in April.  But the wage growth remains stuck and not matching up with the rises in rents and home prices.  Nonetheless, more jobs even with slow wage growth means continuing support for housing demand and...

Latest State Employment Trends (March 2015)

Utah, Florida, and Pacific Ocean states of Washington, Oregon, and California are rolling along in jobs.  Given clear linkage between jobs and home sales, REALTORS® in these states should expect busy activity. North Dakota and Texas, which had consistently...

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...