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

Growth in Food Services and Drinking Places Employment as a Share of Nonfarm Employment Growth Print

September 7, 2012

The restaurant sector continued to show robust job growth in August, adding 28,300 jobs. This unusually strong growth can be used to clear up some confusion in news accounts about the nature of the jobs being created in the recovery. A disproportionate share of new jobs have been in low-paying sectors. This should be expected. The quality of jobs is in part a function of the quantity. When the unemployment rate is low, there are still bad jobs being created, but they just go unfilled.


For more, check out the latest Jobs Byte.

Change in Bottom-Tier Home Prices in Selected Cities, Jan 2002 - June 2012 Print

August 28, 2012

The latest housing data found prices in Atlanta rose by 2.3 percent, 1.7 percent in Chicago, 1.5 percent in Phoenix, 1.2 percent in Minneapolis, and 1.1 percent in Las Vegas. In each of these cities, the price increase is being driven most strongly by the bottom third of the market. The price increases in this segment of the market have been extraordinary in recent months. In Las Vegas, the bottom tier of the market has risen at a 30.4 percent annual rate over the last three months. In Phoenix, prices in the bottom tier have increased at a 32.4 percent annual rate.


For more, check out the latest Housing Market Monitor.

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.

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