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Housing Starts, Jan 2001 - Nov 2011 Print
January 3, 2012

The jump in housing starts in November 2011 was given considerable attention by those seeing signs of an uptick. In fact, the jump was driven almost entirely by an uptick in multi-family units. Starts of single family homes were up by just 2.3 percent from their October level and down by 1.5 percent from the November 2010 level. Starts in multi-family units are always erratic and most of the reported increase was just offsetting a sharp drop reported for October. While housing starts are probably on a positive path, it is likely to be a very gradual uptick over the next couple of years.

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For more, check out the latest Housing Market Monitor.

 
Change in Core Producer Prices, by Processing Stage, Jan 2007 - Nov 2011 Print
December 16, 2011

Price pressures at earlier stages of production continue to be weak. With a 0.4 percent fall in November, inflation in core intermediate goods has run at a negative 1.1 percent annualized over the last six months. Similarly, a 2.5 percent fall in core crude goods brought the category's six month annualized rate of inflation down to -5.2 percent.

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For more, check out the latest Prices Byte.

 
Venezuela: Contributions to Quarterly Growth Print
December 13, 2011

Construction contributed nearly half of Venezuela's total GDP growth in the third quarter, even though it represents less than 10 percent of the overall economy.  Meanwhile petroleum's decline (dark blue), at a negative 8.4 percent annual rate, more than offset the growth of the previous quarter.  It has grown at just a 1.3 percent average annual rate since its trough in the fourth quarter.  At this rate, it will not reach its pre-recession level for another seven years.

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

 
Job Level Dec 2001 - Nov 2011 versus Trend Job Level Dec 2001 - Nov 2007 Print
December 2, 2011

The overall employment picture for November looks quite bleak with the weak growth in jobs and the reported drop in labor force participation. However, it is likely that the latter was simply an erratic fluctuation in the data. The establishment survey is by far the more reliable measure compared with the household survey. Over the last three months, overall job growth has averaged 143,000. It takes roughly 90,000 jobs to keep even with the growth of the labor force. At this rate, it will take close to 200 months, or 16 years, to make up for the 10-million-job deficit in the economy.

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For more, check out the latest Jobs Byte.

 
Change in Bottom-Tier Home Prices in Selected Cities, Jan 2007 - Sep 2011 Print
November 29, 2011

While prices have fallen almost everywhere since the peak of the housing bubble, it is striking how badly hit the bottom tier of housing has been in some of the most bubble-affected cities. Prices of bottom-tier homes are down by more than 50 percent from their bubble peaks in Chicago, Minneapolis and Los Angeles. They are down by more than 60 percent in Tampa and by more than 70 percent in Phoenix. Buying a moderate-income house in these markets near the peak of the bubble was an incredibly bad investment.

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For more, check out the latest Housing Market Monitor.

 
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