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Brazil: Real GDP, Selected Sectors (Seas. Adj. Index) Print
September 30, 2011

Brazil's second quarter GDP saw a return to the long-term trend toward services and away from industry, after an anomaly in the first quarter.  In the first quarter, manufacturing began to close the gap with finance and insurance, but the gap widened again in the second quarter, with finance and insurance growing at a 2.3 percent annual rate, and manufacturing shrinking at a 0.8 percent annual rate.

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For more, check out the latest Latin America Data Byte.

 
Overall Vacancy Rate, 1991-2011 Print
September 27, 2011

The extraordinarily low mortgage interest rates of recent months will provide some boost to the market, though the scaling back of Fannie and Freddie’s higher mortgage limits will be a factor going in the other direction. However, the main factor weighing on house prices has to be the enormous amount of excess supply in most parts of the country. The inventories of new and existing homes for sale remain above normal levels. In addition, there is a large amount of inventory not showing up on the market, which is best demonstrated by the near record vacancy rate nationwide.

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For more, check out the latest Housing Market Monitor.

 
Change in Rent and Owner's Equivalent Rent, January 2010 - August 2011 Print
September 15, 2011

Housing prices rose 0.2 percent in August, driven in part by a 0.4 percent jump in household energy. Rent of primary residences also rose 0.4 percent, due in part to the fact that rents incorporate some energy price hikes. Owners’ equivalent rent rose only 0.2 percent in the month.

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For more, check out the latest Prices Byte.

 
Venezuela: Contributions to Real GDP Growth Print
September 7, 2011

First quarter GDP growth in Venezuela was driven by manufacturing and by commerce and repair, both of which saw annualized growth greater than 20 percent.  In the second quarter, both of these sectors contracted, bringing down overall GDP growth with them.  Together, these sectors added 11.6 percentage points to first-quarter growth; they subtracted 5.5 percentage points of growth from second-quarter GDP.

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For more, check out our latest Latin America Data Byte.

 
Unemployment Rate for All, Construction and Manufacturing Workers, 2004-2011 Print
September 2, 2011

Even correcting for peculiarities like the Verizon strike, there can be little doubt that the picture in the August job data is bleak. Health care, which added 29,700 in August, is the only sector adding jobs at a respectable pace. Restaurants added 9,300 jobs last month and an average of just 2,300 jobs over the last four months. The temp sector added 4,700 jobs in August. Temp employment is still 7,500 below the March level. And average weekly hours edged down by 0.1 percent. The government sector lost 17,000 jobs in August, bringing its average rate of job loss to 37,700 over the last three months. One item worth noting, however, is the continuing decline in the unemployment rate for workers in the construction and manufacturing industries.

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