Economic Indicators

For quick reference, Sage offers a complimentary update on chief economic indicators on both a national and local level.

Monthly National Economic Indicators Mar-2014 Apr-2014 Monthly % chg from latest available Year-over-year % chg from latest available
Employment (Thousands, SA) Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 137,964 138,246 0.20% 2.06%
Unemployment Rate (SA) Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 6.70% 6.30% -5.97% -16.00%
CPI (Index, 1982-84=100, SA) Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 235.64 236.54 0.26% 1.96%
Retail Sales ($millions, SA) Source: U.S. Census Bureau 434,018 436,177 0.50% 4.11%
Construction Spending ($millions, SA) Source: U.S. Census Bureau 951,582 953,548 0.21% 10.78%
Vehicle Sales (Millions, SAAR) Source: AutoData Corp. 16.40 16.04 -2.20% 7.65%
Existing-Home Sales (Millions, SAAR) Source: National Association of Realtors 4.59 4.65 1.31% -6.81%
Median Existing House Prices ($thousand, SA) Source: National Association of Realtors 196.70 201.70 1.31% -6.81%
Consumer Confidence (Index, 1985=100) Source: Conference Board 83.90 81.70 -2.62% 18.41%
Trade Balance ($millions) Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis -34.56 -38.70 -3.06 (net chg) -6.82 (net chg)
Quarterly National Economic Indicators 2013 Q4 2014 Q1 Quarterly % chg from latest available Year-over-year % chg from latest available
Real GDP (ann. % chg) Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis 2.60% -1.00% NA NA
Personal Income ($billions, SAAR) Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis 14,301.30 14,417.30 0.81% 3.53%
Charts: Monthly and Quarterly National Economic Indicators
Employment (Thousands, SA) employment_apr14
Unemployment Rate (SA) unemployment_apr14
CPI (Index, 1982-84=100, SA) cpi_apr14
Retail Sales ($millions, SA) retail_sales_apr14
Construction Spending ($millions, SA) construction_apr14
Vehicle Sales (Millions, SAAR) vehicle_apr14
Existing-Home Sales (Millions, SAAR) existing_home_apr14
Median Existing House Prices ($thousand, SA) median_existing_home_apr14
Consumer Confidence (Index, 1985=100) consumer_confidence_apr14
Trade Balance ($millions) trade_balance_apr14
Real GDP (ann. % chg) gdp_apr14
Personal Income ($billions, SAAR) personal_income_apr14
State/Local Employment Situations Mar-2014 Apr-2014 Monthly % chg from latest available Year-over-year % chg from latest available
MD Employment (Thousands, SA) 2607.70 2617.00 0.36% 0.96%
DC Employment (Thousands, SA) 745.30 748.80 0.47% 0.35%
DE Employment (Thousands, SA) 432.20 433.40 0.28% 1.95%
NJ Employment (Thousands, SA) 3927.90 3932.40 0.11% 0.12%
PA Employment (Thousands, SA)  5757.90 5768.80 0.19% 0.60%
VA Employment (Thousands, SA) 3765.10 3764.90 -0.01% -0.12%
Baltimore Metro Employment (Thousands, SA) 1346.70 1356.70 0.74% 2.09%
New York Metro Employment (Thousands, SA)  5473.80 5483.10 0.17% 1.39%
Philadelphia Metro Employment (Thousands, SA) 1900.50  1904.40 0.21% 0.49%
DC Metro Employment    (Thousands, SA) 2506.20 2510.70 0.18% 0.15%
*Metro UR is NSA
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Charts: State/Local Employment Situations (Thousands, SA)
Maryland md_employment_apr14
Washington, DC dc_employment_apr14
Delaware de_employment_apr14
New Jersey nj_employment_apr14
Pennsylvania pa_employment_apr14.bmp
Virginia va_employment_apr14
Baltimore Metro bmore_employment_apr14
New York Metro nyc_employment_apr14
Philadelphia Metro phili_employment_apr14
Washington Metro wash_employment_apr14
Maryland Home Sales Mar-2014 Apr-2014 Monthly % chg from latest available Year-over-year % chg from latest available
Unit Sales 4,352 4,986 14.57% -3.97%
Average Sales Price $292,047 $306,320 4.89% 0.49%
Median Sales Price $245,892 $256,608 4.36% -0.58%
Active Inventory 24,231 26,952 11.23% 14.16%
Source: Maryland Association of Realtors
Charts: Maryland Home Sales
Unit Sales unit_sales_apr14
Average Sales Price avg_sales_price_apr14
Median Sales Price median_sales_price_apr14
Active Inventory active_inventory_apr14

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