Tag Archives: Employment

March 2014 Existing Home Sales Down 7.5 Percent From a Year Ago — Median Price Up 7.9 Percent: Weather, Lending Regulations and Affordability

March existing home sales were just released by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), showing a 7.5 percent decline in sales from March 2013. Sequentially from February, sales were essentially flat, down just 0.2 percent. The Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rate (SAAR) as of March 2014 was 4.59 million home sales. This was the lowest rate …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Best States for Retirement Security

Many have requested the positive side to my previous blog which discussed a study examining the 10 worst states with retirement security focused on potential future retirement income, retiree costs and labor opportunities for individuals. The underlying study came from the National Institute on Retirement Security. This ranking is not predicated on the best places …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Worst States for Retirement Security

As I approach the big SIX ZERO this year, retirement and related considerations are taking a place in the planning process more than any time prior. Fortunately, retirement seeds were planted decades ago in savings and tax-deferred accounts, stocks and real estate investments. As the check-out date from the workforce looms sometime within the coming …Read more

U.S. Adds 175,000 Jobs in Still Chilly February

The U.S. economy warmed up a bit in February adding 175,000 net new jobs (nonfarm payroll). In the past 12-months, the country has added an average 180,000 net new jobs each month. After reporting a revised 84,000 job gain in December (up from an original estimate of 73,000), and 129,000 in January (up from the …Read more

U.S. Construction Employment

Jobs are everything to an economy. Period. Good news is that job growth is now coming back, with an average 188,000 net new jobs created per month thus far this year. Not all sectors are growing jobs, however, nor are those adding jobs growing at the same rate. This is the first of a series …Read more

October 2013 Existing Home Sales Up 6 Percent Versus October 2012 — Median Price of $199,500 Up 12.8 Percent

Existing home sales continue the recovery to normal, with October 2013 sales of 5.12 million on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized rate (SAAR), compared to 4.83 million a year ago, as reported by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). This was a gain of 6 percent. Sequentially, however, sales dipped from 5.29 million in September 2013. Year-over-year …Read more