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  • Unemployment Insurance Claims Continue To Decline December 18, 2014
    Insurance claims by the jobless continue to decline, a sign of the continuing good health of the labor market. Claims for unemployment insurance filed in the week of December 13 totaled 298,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week. This puts the 4-week moving average to 298,750, which is below the 300,000 benchmark that […]
    Scholastica (Gay) Cororaton, Research Economist
  • Building the Buyer and Seller Relationship December 18, 2014
    Buyer and seller use of a real estate agent in the process of buying or selling a home remains at a historical high. On the buying side, 88 percent of buyers purchased a home while using a real estate agent or broker—up from 69 percent in 2001. On the selling side, 88 percent of sellers […]
    Jessica Lautz, Director, Survey Research and Communications
  • Latest Consumer Price Inflation December 17, 2014
    It has become easier to breathe with consumer prices falling by the most amounts in six years.  Lower gasoline prices are everywhere. But wait, renters are getting squeezed hard with fast rising rents. Specifically, the overall Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell 0.3 percent in November from the month prior. This largest monthly decline in a […]
    Lawrence Yun, PhD., Chief Economist and Senior Vice President