Category Archives: Quarterly Briefs

Detroit Stabilizing on Firmer Real Estate and Labor Markets

Michigan is enjoying widespread prosperity, as prolonged strength in automobile sales and the broader manufacturing complex has acted as a great stabilizing force in the state. It is widely understood that the pace of this improvement in the manufacturing sector … Continue reading

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Central West Michigan Enjoying Cyclical Peaks

Michigan is enjoying widespread prosperity, as prolonged strength in automobile sales and the broader manufacturing complex has acted as a great stabilizing force in the state. It is widely understood that the pace of this improvement in the manufacturing sector … Continue reading

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San Jose MSA Tech Sector Faces Macro Hurdles

San Jose technology firms face potential slowing international demand and concerns over squeezed corporate profits. Technology stocks took a wallop heading into the start of 2016. The Mercury News Silicon Valley 150 Index dipped by 15 percent between last June … Continue reading

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Global Headwinds Ahead for San Francisco Tech Sector

Bay Area technology firms started the year with a less sturdy footing. A slowdown in the Chinese economy strained global financial markets at the end of 2015. Tech stocks, which were perceived to be a flight-to-quality stock at the beginning … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Welcomes Home the Rams

The Greater Los Angeles economy continued to grow at a moderate pace in 2015. The region’s nonfarm payroll gains of 2.7 percent in 2015 were on par with gains in 2014. Employment growth is expected to moderate somewhat this year … Continue reading

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San Diego MSA Can Weather the Headwinds in 2016

Our economic outlook for the San Diego MSA remains cautiously optimistic as international macroeconomic forces impact the area’s economy in 2016. The strengthening of the U.S. dollar compared to major foreign trade partners is a headwind for local export manufacturers … Continue reading

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North Texas Still Expanding, But Feeling Energy Drag

The North Texas economy continues to expand at a moderating rate. Labor market data has changed after strong and steady gains through 2014. In 2015, the steadiness gave way to choppiness. The peak months of job gains in 2015 were … Continue reading

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Austin Sees Firming Labor Market

At a time when many Texas areas are facing increasing headwinds from falling energy prices, Austin remains among the top in terms of job growth. However, recent labor market data show that the unemployment rate in the last three months … Continue reading

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Energy Prices Hammering San Antonio’s Economy

The San Antonio metropolitan area faces significant headwinds from the steep fall in energy prices. Some energy companies, especially with elevated debt levels and less capital, are finding themselves in the midst of a precarious situation, possibly heading towards bankruptcy. … Continue reading

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Resilient Houston Faces Ongoing Stress

The Houston economy has been remarkably resilient in the face of extreme pressure on its large oil and gas sector. Unfortunately, we expect to see more pressure from low oil prices at least through the first half of this year. … Continue reading

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