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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.

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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.

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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.

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For more, check out our latest Housing Market Monitor.

 
Price of Health Insurance, Dec 2005 - May 2012 Print
June 14, 2012

The price of medical care services rose 0.5 percent in May, including a 0.6 percent increase in hospital services. By contrast, the price of medical care commodities—largely drug prices—was unchanged. A 0.8 percent increase in health insurance prices brought the 12-month change to 13 percent. The increase over the past year follows a multi-year slide, and over the past five years, insurance prices are up only 2.3 percent. Health insurance prices have grown at a 2.3 percent annualized rate since December 2005.

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For more, check out the latest Prices Byte.

 
Howeownership Rates by Race/Ethnicity, 1994-2012 Print
June 5, 2012

The Census Department release had some negative news on homeownership rates. The 65.5 percent homeownership rate was down a full percentage point from the year-ago-rate. This is down almost four full percentage points from the peak in the second quarter in 2004 and is the lowest level since the fourth quarter of 1998.

The homeownership rate for African Americans has fallen even more sharply, standing at 43.1 and down by 5.5 percentage points from the 48.6 percent peak in the third quarter of 2006. This is lowest rate of homeownership for African Americans since the 4th quarter of 1995.

Homeownership Rates by Race/Ethnicity, 1994-2012

 
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