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A collection of graphic representations of data by CEPR researchers on important economic issues.

Monthly Nonfarm Employment of Women and Men, January 2010 - July 2012 Print
August 3, 2012

Women accounted for more than half (86,000) of the jobs created in July, but we continue to see unusual patterns. For example, jobs held by women in retail fell by 3,100, while jobs held by men went up by 9,800. The average hourly wage has increased at a 2.0 percent annual rate over the last quarter, slightly above the 1.7 percent rate for the last year.


For more, check out our latest Jobs Byte.

Rental and Homeownership Vacancy Rate, 1996-2012 Print
July 30, 2012

The vacancy rate for ownership units fell to 2.1 percent in July. That compares to 2.5 percent in the second quarter of 2011 and a peak of 2.9 percent in 2008. The vacancy rate for rental units fell by 0.2 percentage points to 8.6 percent. This is down 0.6 percentage points from 9.2 percent in the second quarter of 2011 and more than two full percentage points from the peak of 11.1 percent in 2009. The vacancy rate for rental units has not been this low since 2002. (There are roughly twice as many ownership units as rental units.) 


For more, check out the latest Housing Market Monitor.

Residential Housing as Percent of GDP, 2000-2012 Print
July 27, 2012

Housing had another strong quarter, growing at a 9.7 percent rate in the second quarter after a 20.5 percent growth rate in the first quarter. Residential investment remains badly depressed, accounting for less than 2.5 percent of GDP. This compares to a pre-housing bubble average of close to 3.5 percent. It is likely that housing will continue to grow over the next year, providing a modest boost to output.


For more, check out the latest GDP Byte.

Change in Employment in Selected Industries, May 2011 - June 2012 Print
July 6, 2012

Construction employment grew by an average of 48,000 a month from November to February. In the last four months it has fallen at an average rate of 14,000 a month. This drop is difficult to reconcile with Census data that show construction spending up 1.1 percent from February to May.


For more, check out our latest Jobs Byte.

Single-Family Housing Permits, 1993-2012 Print
June 26, 2012

Permits for single family homes were up 4.0 percent in May from their April level and were 19.9 percent above their year-ago level. This is the highest rate of construction since early 2010 when the first-time buyers’ credit was temporarily boosting the market. Also, new home sales in May were at their highest level since the end of the first-time buyers’ tax credit caused a surge in April of 2010.


For more, check out our latest Housing Market Monitor.

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