NAHB Announcements

  • Consumer Prices Rebound in June

    After three straight months of declines, both the CPI and the “core” CPI rebounded in June as the economy reopened. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.6% in June on a seasonally adjusted basis, after three straight monthly declines. It was the largest monthly increase in the CPI since August 2012.... Read More &rsaquo […]

  • Rising Softwood Lumber Costs Lead Building Materials Prices Higher in June

    Prices paid for goods used in residential construction increased 1.9% in June (not seasonally adjusted) according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is the second consecutive monthly increase since the index declined three months straight by a total 5.4%. The index has decreased 3.0% year-to-date (YTD), five times the magnitude... Read More &rsaquo […]

  • GDP Decreases in All States and D.C. in the First Quarter of 2020

    Real gross domestic product (GDP) decreased in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the last quarter of 2019, as a result of the widespread shutdowns across the country due to COVID-19. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reported the real GDP growth rates, measured on a seasonally adjusted annual rate basis,... Read More &rsaquo […]

  • Total Consumer Credit in May Decreases

    The Federal Reserve’s latest G.19 Consumer Credit Report shows trends in consumer credit, excluding loans secured by real estate, through May 2020. In May, consumer credit decreased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.3% from the previous month, with revolving debt1 decreasing by 28.6% and nonrevolving debt2 increasing by 2.3 percent. Consumer credit totaled $4.1 trillion on a seasonally... Read More &rsaquo […]

  • Initial and Continuing Jobless Claims Decline

    Weekly initial jobless claims continued to decrease in the week ending July 4 and continuing claims, which lags initial jobless claims by one week, declined to about 18.1 million in the week ending June 20. The data indicate that the labor market is gradually recovering from the COVID-19 crisis as states reopen and workers return to work, albeit slowly. The... Read More &rsaquo […]