unemployment Archive

Latest Employment Condition (June 2015)

The job market continues to improve.  In June 223,000 net new jobs were added.  The total comes to 2.9 million over the past 12 months.  These gains will provide a solid support for home sales and commercial real estate...

Latest Employment Data (May 2015)

Very solid job numbers in May.  Jobs are coming at the right time knowing that interest rates are set to rise later this year.  The positive influence to real estate from job creation can easily overpower the negative influence...

Number of People Claiming Unemployment Insurance Falls to Its Lowest Since 2000

The number of people claiming unemployment insurance has fallen to its lowest level since 2000.  Over the past 4 weeks that ended May 23, 2015, the average number of unemployment claims totaled 271,500, the lowest level since April 2000...

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...

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,...