Tag Archives: The Economy

Most & Least Energy-Expensive States 2021 — and a concern for housing regarding future energy costs

The combined cost of housing and transportation expenses accounted for one-half (49.8 percent) of all monthly household expenditures in 2019 (prior to the pandemic) according to the Annual Consumer Expenditures Study by the U.S. Census Bureau.  Included in both of those are energy costs.  On a simple average across the 50 states, monthly energy costs …Read more

Initial Unemployment Claims – Improving But Still Ugly

Jobs are everything to the economy.  Period.   While the U.S. lost 22.4 million jobs in March and April 2020, they have yet to recoup 8.2 million.  Unfortunately, employment numbers are released just once a month based on the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Payroll or Establishment Survey.  That survey asks employers to report employee counts for …Read more

Best & Worst States for Retirees 2021 – 24/7 Wall Street

With more than 10,000 people turning 66 years of age every day (full-retirement age for Social Security benefits), retirement remains a growth industry.  Unlike many jobs which constrained where people had to reside, retirement opens the entire country (and world) as options.   Some states, however, offer better opportunities, demographics, climate, healthcare and cost of living …Read more

MSA Job Performance Metrics March 2021

Jobs are everything to the economy and the ultimate demand for real estate.  While the pandemic saw 22.4 million jobs disappear from February to April 2020, all but 8.4 million of those job numbers have been brought back in one form or another.  The recovery, however, is neither uniform nor consistent across the country. The …Read more