KEY MARKET INDICATORS as of Mar 11, 2019
Job Market Report (Feb), Housing Starts (Jan)
Job Market: The U.S. job market added just 20,000 jobs in February, its slowest pace since September 2017. However, the labor market continued to be tight, with the unemployment rate falling from 4% to 3.8%. Wage growth continued to accelerate for both production workers and managers. Many sectors of the economy reported weak or negative job growth in February. The construction sector in particular, saw a reduction of 31,000 jobs in February. Despite weaker growth in the broader job market, employment growth in the 25-44 age group remains robust at around 2%, which is a positive for housing demand among younger households.
Housing Starts: Housing starts rebounded in January, increasing 18.6% to 1.23 million units (seasonally adjusted annual rate). The single family segment reported 926,000 new units, the highest level since last May. Over the last 12 months, the single-family housing starts expanded by around 5%.
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