A closer look at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) total nonfarm payroll employment report, which was released on Friday (12/4), with a specific focus on construction reveals that employment in the overall construction sector increased by 27,000 in November, after a revised increase of 72,000 jobs in October.
Statistics Canada is reporting today (12/4) that employment in Canada increased by 62,000 (+0.3%) in November, following an increase of 84,000 (+0.5%) in October. From May to September employment in Canada grew by an average of 2.7% per month.
In a recent Zillow Research article, it was being reported that 38.5% of new-construction homes purchased in October 2020 had yet to begin construction. That is 10% higher than October 2019 and the highest level since 2005.
According to a study released by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, COVID-19 is having an especially pronounced impact on the affordability of housing among low-income individuals. The recently released American Community Survey reveals an ongoing downshift in cost burdens in 2019.
The COVID-19 pandemic has altered how many Americans work and go to school. Instead of large office complexes and classrooms, many Americans continue to work and receive educational instruction from their homes.
Dealers responding to FEA’s Weekly Order Survey are reporting that their sales are in close alignment with traditional mid-November levels. A small number of dealers did mention that a few projects that had been postponed in Q3 were in the process of beginning to ramp up with materials scheduled to begin shipping to the jobsite early to mid-next week.
According to Stats Canada the pace of job growth slowed in October as the economy added close to 84,000 (+0.5%) jobs in October compared with 378,000 in September. Self-employment increased for the first time (+1.2%; +33,000) for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is reporting that total nonfarm payroll employment rose for the sixth consecutive month in October by 638,000.
Respondents to FEA’s Weekly Order Survey reported experiencing limited follow through from last week’s modest uptick in jobsite sales activity. Dealers in the southern tier of states reported greater activity than their counterparts in the north, which is typical for this time of the year.
Norbord Inc., announced today (11/5), that they are officially and permanently closing their oriented strandboard mill located in 100 Mile House British Columbia. Operations at the plant were suspended in early August 2019 and since then only a handful of workers have remained onsite for maintenance purposes.