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Mortgage Applications Increase in Week Ending April 29, 2022

According to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Application Survey (WMAS), for the week ending April 29, 2022, the Market Composite Index (a measure of mortgage loan application volume) increased 2.5% on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier.

Lumber Demand Expected to Remain Strong, Even in a Recessionary Period

At last Thursday’s Council of Forest Industries conference, analysts and economists speaking at the forum began using the dreaded “R” word. Some speakers said openly that by end of 2022 or early 2023, at least Europe, and potentially North America, could be in a recession due to run-away inflation, the war in Ukraine, and rising interest rates.

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary Released for March 2022

On Tuesday (5-3-22), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary for March 2022. According to the report, as of the last day in March, the number of job openings was at an all-time series high of 11.5 million, or a rate of 7.1%. This shows only minor changes from the February report.