Category Archives: Home & Garden

Job Gains Slowed in March

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the Employment Situation for March 2018. In March, job gains slowed and the unemployment rate remained at 4.1%.

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Construction Self-Employment Rates Exceed 23%

According to the 2016 ACS, over 23% of construction workers are self-employed, while an economy-wide average does not reach 10% of the employed labor force.

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Mortgage Rates Rise

The Federal Housing Finance Agency reported that mortgage contract rates on purchases of newly built homes rose by 11 basis points over the month of

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Hispanic or Latino Homeownership Rates by County

Homeownership is an important driver of wealth creation in the US, with owner-occupied housing accounting for more than a quarter of assets among US households.

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Private Residential Spending Grew in February

NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending stood at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $533.4 billion in

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Strong Employment Growth Across Most States in February 2018

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 43 states and the District of Columbia, unchanged in Wyoming, and decreased in

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Saving Rate Rises to 3.4% in February

According to the most recent data release from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, savings increased to $497 billion in February, the highest level since August

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Pending Home Sales Rebound

After a slow start to the year, the Pending Home Sales Index increased 3.1% in February, but remains 4.1% below a year ago. The Pending

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Home Price Appreciation Continued in January

In the first month of 2018, national home price appreciation continued, but at a slower pace than in December 2017. Meanwhile, more than half of

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Black Homeownership Rates by County

Homeownership has been and continues to be an important driver of wealth creation in the US, with owner-occupied housing accounting for almost a quarter of assets

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