The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is reporting that the Producer Price Index (PPI) for final demand, seasonally adjusted increased 1.0% in March. Final demand prices rose 0.5% in February and 1.3% in January.
According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) that analyzes date from the Ellie Mae’s AllRegs® Market Clarity® business information tool, mortgage credit availability increased in March.
Statistics Canada (StatsCan) is reporting that employment in Canada increased by 303,000 or 1.6% in March and is now within 1.5% of its pre-COVID-19 level of February 2020. The unemployment rate fell -0.7% points to 7.5% the lowest level since February 2020.
According to the Remodeling Market Index (RMI) released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), remodelers confidence was up sharply year-over-year. In Q1 of 2021, the RMI posted a reading of 86, up 38 points from Q1 of 2020.
The U.S. Department of Labor is reporting that an additional 744,000 Americans made their initial filing for unemployment benefits during the week ending on Saturday, April 3, 2021 — an increase of 16,000 from the previous week’s revised level.
Freddie Mac has released its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) for the week ending April 8, 2021. The PMMS reports that 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.13% with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.18%.
A deeper look into the Bureau of Labor Statistics, February 2021, Job Opening and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) with a focus on the construction sector, provided by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), reveals that construction job openings declined -3.5% in February, to 266,000 unfilled positions.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today (Wednesday, April 7, 2021) the Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment information for February 2021. According to the BLS, unemployment rates were higher in February than a year earlier in 383 of the 389 metropolitan areas, lower in 4 areas, and unchanged in 2 areas.
According to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Application Survey, for the week ending April 2, 2021, the Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased -5.1% on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased -5% compared with the previous week.
Black Knight Inc. — a provider of innovative, high performance software, data and analytics for the mortgage and home equity lending services — is reporting in their latest Home Price Index (HPI) that home prices in February 2021 were up 11.6%, the highest annual rate in more than 15-years.