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Employment-to-Population Ratio for Men and Women, Age 20+, 2000-2011 Print
March 4, 2011

The Bureau of Labor Statistics household survey shows clear evidence of an improving labor market, at least for men. The unemployment rate for men over age 20 fell from 10.0 percent in February of last year to 8.7 percent last month. The employment-to-population (EPOP) ratio has risen by 0.4 percentage points over this period. By contrast, the unemployment rate for women over age 20 stayed constant at 8.0 percent over the last year. Their EPOP actually fell by 0.6 percentage points over this period. The EPOP for men is still down by 6.1 percentage points from its pre-recession peak and 7.4 percentage points from its peak in 2000. For women, the February EPOP is 3.3 percentage points below the pre-recession peak and 3.6 percentage points below the 2000 peak.

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For more, check out the latest Jobs Byte.

 
Real Home Price Index by Tier, Portland and Seattle, 1997-2010 Print
February 22, 2011

In Portland, recent housing price declines are concentrated in the bottom tier of the market, undoubtedly the result of the end of the first-time buyers tax credit. Prices in this segment of the market have fallen at a 24.3 percent annual rate over the last three months compared with a 13.9 percent rate at the top end. In Seattle the pattern is more mixed, with prices falling at a 14.8 percent rate at the bottom end compared with a 17.4 percent rate for homes in the top tier.

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For more info, read the entire Housing Market Monitor.

 
Effect of Seasonal Adjustment Revisions on Core Finished Goods Prices, Dec 2009 - Jan 2011 Print
February 17, 2011

The producer price of core finished goods rose 0.5 percent in January, and the data for core producer prices now shows three months of accelerating prices after a fall of 0.4 percent in October.  However, the February report on producer prices included revisions to the 2010 seasonal adjustment factors, and the revisions indicate that inflation in this category of goods has been very stable over much of the previous year.

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For more info, read the entire Prices Byte.

 
Employment-to-Population Ratios for Men and Women Aged 20+, Jan 2000 - Jan 2011 Print
February 4, 2011

For the second consecutive month, the unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage points, despite the weak job growth reported in the establishment survey. The establishment survey showed a gain of just 36,000 jobs in January, following a revised gain of 121,000 jobs in December.  The big gainers in January were white men, who saw their unemployment rate fall by 0.6 percentage points for the second consecutive month; although at 7.9 percent it is still somewhat higher than the 7.0 percent rate for white women, which is a decrease of 0.3 percentage points since December. The unemployment rate for Hispanics also fell by 0.6 percentage points to 11.9 percent. The latest data from the employment-to-population ratio for men is still 7.7 percentage points below its peak in 2000, while the EPOP for women is down by 3.6 percentage points.  There was little change in the employment situation of blacks. Their overall unemployment rate of 15.7 percent remains near the peak for the downturn, as does the 45.4 percent unemployment rate for black teens.

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For more info, read the full Jobs Byte.

 
Change in Residential Construction Following Largest Recent Recessions Print
January 28, 2011

Investment growth weakened in the fourth quarter, growing at just a 4.4 percent annual rate. Most of the slowdown was attributable to less investment in equipment and software. This component increased at just a 5.8 percent annual rate after increasing at nearly a 20 percent rate over the prior four quarters. The biggest factor in the slowdown was a sharp drop in investment in transportation equipment. This will likely be reversed in future quarters.

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