Friday, April 15, 2016

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 4/15/16


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In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:
  • CPI rose 0.1 percent in March, up 0.9 percent over previous 12 months
  • Business inventories slipped another 0.1 percent in February
  • Federal Reserve's Beige Book summary indicates further economic expansion through early April
  • Mortgage applications rise 10 percent in latest survey
  • Initial unemployment claims fall 13,000 in latest report
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 4/12/16

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In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:
  • Consumer credit grew by 5.8 percent in February
  • Wholesale inventories fell 0.5 percent in February as sales slid 0.2 percent
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Friday, April 8, 2016

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 4/08/16


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In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:
  • Federal Reserve March meeting minutes show continued caution on interest rate hikes
  • Mortgage applications rise 2.7 percent in latest survey as rates dip slightly
  • Initial unemployment claims fell by 9,000 in latest report but 4-week moving average still rose
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Thursday, April 7, 2016

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 4/7/16

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In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:
  • Manufacturing index rose in March for the first time since August 2015
  • Service sector economy continued to improve in March
  • Factory orders declined 1.7 percent in February
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    Monday, March 7, 2016

    March column for Builder & Developer magazine now online

    My column for the March 2016 issue of Builder and Developer magazine is now posted online.

    For this issue, entitled ""The Challenges of Creating Authentic Communities," I wanted to discuss how builders, developers, architects and land planners create something from nothing yet still strive to make it seem like an authentic part of the community.  Fortunately, I got to interview Randal Jackson from PlaceWorks on this issue:

    An excerpt:

    According to industry veteran Randal Jackson, president of PlaceWorks (a leading planning, design and environmental firm based in California), and Chair of the Orange County/Inland Empire chapter of ULI, potential problems often start with a market study which calls for great specificity in product design, yet fails to consider neighborhood character and fit...

    Explains Jackson, “When we work on a project, we take a lot of time upfront to understand the surroundings, and instead of separating them out, we inventory those things which create a great community.” This inventory usually includes looking out three to four miles from the subject site to identify the parks, schools and shopping centers serving the area. Jackson calls this “being a partner to the community,” and within a mile radius, the inventory gets even more detailed, focusing more on the primary gathering areas, whether it’s a church, a pub a restaurant or even a museum...

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    Thursday, November 12, 2015

    BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 11/12/15

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    In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:
    • Wholesale inventories rose by 0.5 percent in September, for the largest gain in three months
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    Tuesday, November 10, 2015

    BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 11/10/15

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    In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:
    • Job growth rebounded strongly to 271,000 in October as employment fell to 5.0 percent
    • Consumer credit use soared in September to all-time high, signaling confidence in the economy
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    Friday, November 6, 2015

    Job growth bounced back strongly in October

    Some great news on the U.S. economy today!

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics is reporting that the U.S. added 271,000 jobs in October, far better than the 181,000 expected by economists. The overall unemployment rate inched lower to 5.0%, which is the lowest it’s been since February 2008, nearly eight years ago.

     
    This, coupled with improvement in wages, makes today’s jobs report the best of 2015.

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    BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 11/06/15


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    In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:
    • Planned job cuts dropped by 14 percent in October but still up 31 percent vs. 2014
    • Productivity rose at 1.6 percent in third quarter of 2015, with hours worked falling for first time since 2009
    • Mortgage applications dip 0.8 percent in latest survey as rates rise slowly
    • Initial unemployment claims rise by 16,000 in latest report
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    Thursday, November 5, 2015

    BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 11/5/15

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    In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:
    • Private sector jobs grew by 182,000 in October
    • Manufacturing sector index remained mostly flat in October
    • Service sector economy growth rose to 2.2 percent for October
    • Factory orders dipped by one percent in September
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