Economy Watch

  • Economy Watch: State Unemployment Rates Reach New Lows

    Jobless rates were lower in April than in March in 10 states, stable in 39 states and D.C., and higher in only one state, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Colorado's unemployment rate of 2.3 percent is the lowest rate since the BLS began reporting these numbers in 1976.

    News 22 May 2017 13:00
  • Economy Watch: Leading Economic Indicators Hint at Late-Year Growth

    A 0.3 percent increase in the Conference Board's Leading Economic Index seems to point to the continual recovery of the U.S. economy, despite weak first-quarter GDP growth.

    News 19 May 2017 14:59
  • Economy Watch: Internet Sales Continue Robust Growth

    The growth of e-commerce sales has been steady over the last decade, including during the recession, hitting $105.7 billion in the first quarter of 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Conventional retail sales, on the other hand, saw its most anemic quarterly growth since the onset of the recession.

    News 17 May 2017 13:47
  • Economy Watch Weekly: Retail Sales, Inflation Rise in April

    The U.S. economy saw a boost in retail sales and the consumer price index in April, which could increase the chances of the Federal Open Market Committee deciding to raise interest rates at its June meeting.

    Podcast 16 May 2017 16:55
  • Economy Watch: Consumers Still Fairly Optimistic

    Favorable income gains and low inflation contributed to consumers expressing more optimism about the U.S. economy and their wage expectations in May, according to the University of Michigan's latest Consumer Sentiment Index.

    News 16 May 2017 13:41
  • Economy Watch: Inflation Edges Up in April

    The Consumer Price Index increased 0.2 percent for the month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While it's not the only metric the Federal Open Market Committee considers, the increase could increase the odds that interest rates will rise next month.

    News 15 May 2017 13:43
  • Economy Watch: Retail Sales Up in April

    U.S. retail sales increased 0.4 percent in April and 4.5 percent from the same time last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Retailers like electronic stores and building material suppliers had a good month, and even department stores eked out a small gain.

    Retail 12 May 2017 18:58
  • Economy Watch: Banks Tighten CRE Lending in Q1

    Banks cited a less favorable or more uncertain outlook for CRE property prices, vacancy rates or other fundamentals, as well as reduced risk tolerance as important reasons for tightening CRE credit policies in the first few months of 2017, according to the Federal Reserve's latest Senior Loan Office Opinion Survey.

    News 11 May 2017 14:13
  • Boston Fed President Airs Concerns About Risks to CRE

    Speaking at a recent NYU Stern School of Business conference, Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren pointed to some favorable tailwinds accompanying rising CRE valuations, but stressed the importance of evaluating how a potential recession could affect the financial system.

    News 10 May 2017 13:12
  • Economy Watch Weekly: Job Creation Rebounds in April

    The U.S. economy created 211,000 jobs in April, a nice improvement from the mere 79,000 jobs created the month before. Economy Editor Dees Stribling breaks down the job growth by sector.

    Podcast 09 May 2017 14:33
  • Economy Watch: Construction Industry Loses Momentum in April

    Despite April's decline, the Dodge Momentum Index remains largely up, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. This suggests that construction activity still has room to grow in 2017.

    News 09 May 2017 14:23
  • Economy Watch: Top Rental Markets Still Seeing Price Increases

    Despite talks of a pricing slowdown, the most expensive rental markets in the U.S. saw price increases in April, according to Zumper's latest report. San Francisco and New York City remain the top two rental markets in the country.

    News 08 May 2017 14:09
  • Economy Watch: Construction Employment, Costs Pushing Upward

    The March construction unemployment rate was the lowest on record, matching the 8.4 percent rate in March 2001, according to Markstein Advisors Chief Economist Bernard Markstein, who conducted the analysis for Associated Builders and Contractors.

    News 04 May 2017 13:28
  • Economy Watch: Office, Hotel Investment Has Recovered; Retail Has Not

    In the first quarter of this year, non-residential investment increased at an annualized rate of 9.4 percent, according to Bureau of Economic Analysis data. And while the hotel and office sectors have more-or-less recovered to their pre-recession levels, the retail category is facing challenges.

    News 03 May 2017 12:52
  • Economy Watch Weekly: First-Quarter Metrics Point to Slower Start

    As economic metrics for the first few months of the year start to trickle in, the figures seem to suggest the U.S. economy is off to a slower start in 2017. Economy Editor Dees Stribling discusses some of these metrics, including GDP, consumer confidence and hotel occupancy.

    Podcast 02 May 2017 14:02