Category Archives: Home & Garden

South Leads in Job Gains in September

Over the year, total nonfarm employment in September increased by 2.5 million jobs which is a 1.7% increase compared to September 2017. During this time,

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Existing Sales Fall

Existing-home sales in September declined 3.4% to the lowest level since November 2015, and are now down 4.1% from a year ago. The first-time buyer

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Remodeling Confidence Remains Solid

The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) remained stable with a reading of 58 in the third quarter of 2018, according to the National Association of Home

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Single-Family Starts Flat in September

Total housing starts posted a decline in September due to flat conditions for single-family construction and a pullback for apartment development. Total starts declined 5.3%

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Unfilled Construction Sector Jobs Continue to Rise

The count of unfilled jobs in the construction sector increased in August, reaching yet another post-Great Recession high level. The rate of open construction sector jobs

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Single-Family Residential Permits Decline in Northeast

Over the first eight months of 2018, the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date (YTD) nationwide reached 599,117. On a year-over-year basis, this is

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Garages in New Homes: 2017 Data

A majority of new homes that completed construction in 2017 included two-car garages, according to NAHB analysis of 2017 Census Bureau Survey of Construction data. There

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CPI Growth Slows in September

Headline inflation rose slower in September relative to August, while core inflation was unchanged. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), reported by the Bureau of Labor

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Air Conditioning and Heating Systems in New Homes

Air Conditioning Systems The Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC) provides valuable information on the characteristics of new homes started, such as air conditioning and

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New Single-family Home Foundations in 2017

NAHB analysis of the Survey of Construction (SOC) shows that 58.9%t of all new single-family started in 2017 were built on slab foundations, followed by

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