Initial Unemployment Claims

October 17, 2019 Initial unemployment claims rose 4 thousand in the week ending October 12 to 214 thousand.  The four-week average of claims rose 1 thousand to 215 thousand.  The 4-week average for the week of April 13 of 202 thousand was the lowest for the current...

Unemployment vs. Job Openings

October 9, 2019 The  Labor Department reported that job openings fell 1.7% in August to 7,051 thousand after falling 1.0% in July.  Job openings seem to be bouncing around from month to month at a very elevated level.  Indeed, there are far more job openings today...

Homebuilder Confidence

September 17, 2019 .Homebuilder confidence rose 1 point in September to 68 after having risen 2 points in August.  While its current level is somewhat below the readings of 70-75  at this time last  year, a level of 68 is indicative of a solid level of confidence...