Housing Starts

January 19, 2022 Housing starts climbed 1.4% in December to 1,702 thousand after having jumped 8.1% in November   Starts continue to climb.   The recent run-up in COVID cases does not appear to have affected the starts data in December.  January should register a...

Homebuilder Confidence

January 18, 2022 .Homebuilder confidence fell 1 point in January to 83 after having risen 1 point in December to.  The index edged lower in January but remains at a very lofty level. NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke said, “Higher material costs and lack of availability are...

Consumer Sentiment

January 14, 2022 . The preliminary estimate of consumer sentiment for January fell 1.8 points to 68.8 after having risen 3.0 points in December  .The November level was the lowest level of confidence in a decade. Surveys of Consumers Chief Economist Richard Curtin...

Industrial Production

January 14, 2022 Industrial production fell 0.1% in December after having risen 0.7% in November and having surged 1.2% in October.  The manufacturing sector continues to deal with supply constraints and labor shortages which are curtailing the speed with which it can...