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

Construction as Percent of GDP, 2005-2011 Print
July 29, 2011

While investment in non-residential structures increased by 8.1 percent in the last quarter, it did not come close to offsetting the 14.3 percent decline in the first quarter. As a result of overbuilding from the bubble, non-residential construction is down by 1.6 percentage points of GDP from its prior peak. Similarly, residential construction is down by almost 4 percentage points from its bubble peak.


For more, check out our latest GDP Byte.

Annualized Percentage Change in Owners' Equivalent Rent, Jan. 2001-June 2011 Print
July 26, 2011

The Census Department will release data on vacancy rates later this week, which will give us more information on the overall state of supply and demand in the housing market. The recent movement in rents provides no reason for believing that there is any underlying tightening of the market. Owners' equivalent rent is rising at just over a 1.0 percent annual rate. (This series differs from some realtors’ series showing rising rents, because it measures changes in rent for the same units over time. It does not compare the rent of different units.) This is up compared with the declining rents of 2010, but there is no clear upward momentum. It is likely that oversupply will exert further downward pressure on prices.


For more, check out the latest Housing Market Monitor.

Annualized Percentage Change in Core Inflation, January 2008 - June 2011 Print
July 15, 2011

With falling energy prices and more modest rises in food, core inflation is running higher than overall.  Last month, core inflation rose 0.3 percent and at a 2.9 percent annualized rate over the last three months.


For more, check out our latest Prices Byte.

Brazil Employment Print
July 14, 2011

The fastest-growing employment sector since the recession has been business services, real estate, and finace.  In May it shrank for the first time since June 2010, shedding approximately 18,000 jobs, but it is still 9.9 percent above its pre-recession level, showing twice the growth of the overall job market.  The worst-performing sector has been health, education, defense, public administration, and social security.  This sector had been outperforming the job market as a whole until November 2010, when the number of jobs in the sector rapidly lost most of its prior gains.From November 2010 through April 2011, the sector lost about 140,000 jobs, about 4% of its total.In May it grew by about 34,000 jobs, but it is still only 3.5 percent above its pre-recession level.


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

Duration of Unemployment, June 2007 - June 2011 Print
July 8, 2011

The median and average duration of unemployment both rose in June, with the latter reaching a record high of 39.9 weeks. This corresponded to an increase of 89,000 in the number of workers who had been unemployed for more than 26 weeks. While the share of the long-term unemployed fell slightly due to a jump in newly unemployed workers, it has been creeping up again in the last half year after declining in the fall of 2010. This should be a major policy concern since the long-term unemployed tend to have great difficulty finding new employment.


For more, check out our latest Jobs Byte.

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