metro area Archive

State and Metro Employment in December 2014

Job gains have been accelerating in the final months of 2014.  Nationwide, 2.95 million net new jobs were added to the economy over the 12-months to December. North Dakota and Texas were leading the way.  But the oil price...

Rebounding Building Permit Activity

In which metro areas has building permit activity returned to the pre-bubble level? Building permits have trended up during the past several months indicating that U.S. residential construction will likely strengthen in 2015. Since building permits are an important...

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...

INFOGRAPHIC: 4th Quarter 2013 Metro Area Home Prices and Affordability

Last week, NAR released its latest quarterly metropolitan price and affordability figures. The lion’s share of metropolitan areas continued to experience strong year-over-year price growth in the fourth quarter. A companion metro area annual affordability report shows less favorable...

Latest Metro Employment Conditions

Common sense says where there are jobs, there are better home sales and commercial leasing opportunities.  So which markets are generating jobs and which are not? The fastest job creating large cities over the past 12 months: Austin, TX...