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Hiring Positive but Restrained by Tight Labor Market; Wage Pressure Emerging

October 10, 2016 Hiring in September reaffirmed that job creation is moderating from the elevated levels of the past two years. The downshift to a more tempered pace likely reflects a shortage of qualified workers as unemployment hovers near 5.0 percent. Accelerated wage gains offer some evidence that employers are competing vigorously to fill positions, […]

Payroll Sets Moderate Pace in August Likely to Restrain Fed Rate Increase

September 2, 2016 The U.S. labor market produced a “Goldilocks” moment in August: Hiring was neither too hot nor too cold. Modest payroll growth last month reaffirms the sound state of the U.S. labor market and raises questions regarding whether the Federal Reserve needs to raise its benchmark interest rate when it meets Sept. 20-21. […]

Elevated Home Sales Push Pricing, but Falling Homeownership Rate Boosts Rental Demand

August 29, 2016 Existing single-family home prices marked moderate gains in July, moving back into alignment with the pre-recession peak. Though home prices ticked up, existing home sales dipped for the first time since November 2015 as limited available inventory weighed on further progression, keeping many households in apartments. Steady job creation over the last […]

Shopping Centers Repurpose for Digital Age; Evolving Landscape Spawns Development Slowdown

August 18, 2016 A sizable gain in e-commerce sales last month further illustrates the emergence of Internet-based commerce as a substantial force that is prompting a response from shopping center owners and developers. The continuing migration of sales online and shrinking footprints of many retailers are encouraging efforts to not only backfill vacant spaces but also […]