Category Archives: Research

Surging Economy Likely to Carry into 2015; Positive Prospects for Commercial Real Estate

December 30, 2014 The U.S. economy is expanding at the fastest pace since 2003, providing ample evidence that GDP growth will be on solid footing as 2015 begins. Equity markets are hovering near all-time highs, unemployment is below 6 percent and falling, and job gains have been impressive — all reflective of strong economic momentum. […]

Drilling Under the Surface: Lower Oil Prices a Boon to Economy and Hiring

December 10, 2014 The U.S. economy could get a boost in the fourth quarter as tumbling oil prices support increased consumption and lower costs for manufacturing companies and shipping services. With oil prices down 42 percent since last June to $63 per barrel, consumers save approximately $200 million per day in gas expenses, which may […]

Hiring Sets Aggressive Pace in November; On Track for Best Performance Since 1999

December 5, 2014 U.S. employers were in a festive mood in November as the holiday season approached, hiring the most workers in any month in nearly three years. Job creation was deep and broadly distributed, benefiting nearly every sector. Although the unemployment rate remained unchanged, other indicators point to tightened labor market slack. This will […]

October Payrolls Surpass 200,000 for Ninth Month; Tepid Wage Growth Keeps Lid on Inflation

November 11, 2014 Employers stared down pre-election anxiety and tensions in the Middle East to significantly expand payrolls in October. Following last month’s hiring, total employment exceeds the pre-recession peak by 1.3 million jobs. With the U.S. economy gathering momentum and the Federal Reserve recently ending its stimulus campaign, the focus will increasingly shift to the timing […]

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