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Southern California Improving, But Still Lagging

The Southern California economy is showing signs of improving, as payroll jobs increase and housing markets slowly heal. We emphasize the slowly in the previous sentence because the region remains plagued by high but improving foreclosure rates, especially in inland … Continue reading

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Northern California Finishes 2012 with Momentum

Job growth in the San Francisco and San Jose metro areas remains strong, driven by a robust high tech sector and a recovering housing market. On a year-to-year basis payroll employment in the San Francisco metro area was up 2.7 … Continue reading

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Miami Real Estate Markets Expected to Firm Up in 2013

After spiking at the end of 2011, Miami payrolls have declined for the last two quarters. Miami job growth is expected to be just 0.6 percent for full-year 2012, well-below the nationally forecast rate of 1.4 percent. Miami’s unemployment rate … Continue reading

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Detroit Stabilizes After Auto Bounce

Job growth in the Detroit metro area is easing in late 2012 after beating the U.S. average through 2011. On a year-ago basis, payroll jobs in Detroit were up 0.4 percent in October, compared with 1.5 percent for the U.S. … Continue reading

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Central West Michigan Supported by Vibrant Ann Arbor

Improvement in Central West Michigan’s unemployment rate stalled in the third quarter, as unemployment rose 0.2 percentage points to 6.7 percent. Even so, the region’s unemployment rate remains well-below the September state level of 8.2 percent. Ann Arbor maintains the … Continue reading

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San Antonio Outlook Moderates on Lower Gas Prices

Labor market growth in San Antonio eased to a an average 1.9 percent annualized rate in Q2 and Q3, following a 5.1 percent spike in payrolls in the first quarter of the year. Even so, San Antonio remains well above … Continue reading

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North Texas Economy Solid Heading Into Year-End

Job growth in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex remained well above the U.S. average at the start of the fourth quarter. In October North Texas posted 2.3 percent year-over-year job growth, while the U.S. average stood at 1.5 percent. In another … Continue reading

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Tech Boom Amps Austin Economy

Austin’s labor market continued to expand through the third quarter of 2012, driven by a robust local tech sector. The unemployment rate in Austin averaged 5.9 percent in Q3, 2.2 percentage points below the national rate during the same period. … Continue reading

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Phoenix Rebounding on High Tech Manufacturing

Phoenix’s unemployment continued to drop in the second quarter, down to 7.2 percent. This puts the area’s unemployment rate well-below the July national rate of 8.3 percent. Payroll job growth in Phoenix has also been outpacing the nation, expected to … Continue reading

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Multifamily Boom, Trade and Tourism Spurring Miami Growth

Following a year-end spike in employment in 2011, Miami payrolls paid back some of their gains, declining by 0.8 percent in the second quarter of 2012. Miami unemployment declined by 0.7 percent between the first and second quarters of 2012, … Continue reading

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