What to Expect in the Housing Market After the Pandemic


The coronavirus pandemic has upended the housing market, opening up new opportunities for many, pushing some to move back home and causing others to reevaluate how they want their home to look. With vaccines being widely distributed, new Zillow® surveys reveal what's likely to change and what's expected to remain when the pandemic ends.   "As the pandemic subsides and the … [More]

U.S. Mortgage Delinquency Rates Fall for Fifth Consecutive Month; Lowest Levels Seen Since Start of Pandemic


CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released its monthly Loan Performance Insights Report for January 2021. For the month of January, 5.6% of all mortgages in the U.S. were in some stage of delinquency (30 days or more past due, including those in foreclosure), representing a 2.1-percentage point increase in … [More]

Small Business Owners Struggle to Find Qualified Workers


The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index rose 2.4 points in March to 98.2. March’s reading is the first return to the average historical reading since last November. The NFIB Uncertainty Index increased six points to 81, which was primarily driven by owners being more uncertain about whether it is a good time to expand their business and make capital expenditures in the coming … [More]

VIRTUAL EVENT – Apr 14: ACG Arizona April 2021 Virtual M&A/PE Panel

Association of Corporate Growth Arizona

Join ACG Arizona for an inside look at the forces and factors that are driving M&A and private equity in the current economy. Our virtual event will include an in-depth panel discussion featuring professionals from some of the leading private equity, mezzanine, and BDC firms in Arizona and beyond. This exclusive panel will address the status of the dealmaking market, … [More]

CPI Rises 0.6% in March as Gasoline Index Continues to Rise

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.6 percent in March on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.4 percent in February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The March 1-month increase was the largest rise since a 0.6-percent increase in August 2012. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.6 percent before … [More]

Influx of Remote Workers Puts Geographic Pay Policies in the Spotlight


Geographic pay policies, a.k.a. localized compensation, are in flux. Of the 62% of organizations with existing geographic pay policies, 44% are considering modifying or have recently modified their policies due to the increase of full-time remote work, according to WorldatWork's Geographic Pay Policies Study. With 67% of employees expecting their compensation to reflect their … [More]

U.S. Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise to 744,000, More Layoffs Likely

U.S. Department of Labor

In the week ending April 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 744,000, an increase of 16,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 9,000 from 719,000 to 728,000. The 4-week moving average was 723,750, an increase of 2,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up … [More]

Local First Arizona Launches the Arizona Economic Recovery Center


After the economic downturn of 2008, Arizona was the 50th state to reach pre-recession levels of economic activity. Local First Arizona is launching the Arizona Economic Recovery Center, with support from Senator Mark Kelly and Governor Doug Ducey, to ensure every corner of the state has the opportunity to build back stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic. A well-rounded recovery … [More]

Report: The Opportunity, Emotion and Trends Behind the Great Reshuffling


The pandemic has upended the meaning of home and prompted many of us to rethink how and where we want to live. A new Zillow survey finds more than 1 in 10 Americans (11%) say they have already moved in the past year -- by choice or by circumstance -- contributing to the Great Reshuffling, and millions of additional households could enter the real estate market as a result of … [More]

The Green Economy: How Small Businesses Can Benefit from Sustainability by Planning Now

by Edgar R. Olivo

The climate crisis has not gone away, nor has the ever-increasing income gap between the rich and poor. The pandemic has magnified these challenges as governments struggle to also contain the spread of the virus while managing the economic fallout, supporting workers and ensuring continuity of schooling of children. Despite the gloom, there is good news. With the right choices, … [More]

400+ Small Buisness Owners and Advocates Launch Initiative on Vaccine Leadership to Get Economy Back on Track

Reimagine Main Street

Reimagine Main Street (RMS), a project of Public Private Strategies (PPS), has launched a public awareness campaign that will support small business owners in being leaders on the Covid-19 vaccines with their employees and in their community. The campaign was announced during a webinar that also included findings from a survey of more than 3,300 small employers on their … [More]

Supply Constraints and Buyer Demand Pushes US Home Price Annual Appreciation to 15-Year High in February, Says Report


CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released the CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI™) and HPI Forecast™ for February 2021. Home prices continued to increase in February, reaching the highest annual gain since April 2006, as demand continues to clash with historically low supply. These factors have created … [More]

Looking for Your First Home? Avoid These Mistakes

About Take Charge America, Inc.

While shopping for a home is exciting, it’s also a complex process that can be overwhelming and easily lead to costly mistakes for unprepared first-time homebuyers. “As with most things in life, preparation is key to success — particularly with buying your first home,” said Jeremy Wine, manager of housing counseling services with Take Charge America, a HUD-approved nonprofit … [More]

Small Business Job Openings Hit Record Level in March


According to NFIB’s monthly jobs report, 42% (seasonally adjusted) of small business owners reported job openings they could not fill in the current period, a record reading. The March reading is 20 points higher than the 48-year historical average of 22%. “Where small businesses do have open positions, labor quality remains a significant problem for owners … [More]

Employment Rises by 916,000 in March, Unemployment Rate Edges Down to 6.0%

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 916,000 in March, and the unemployment rate edged down to 6.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. These improvements in the labor market reflect the continued resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Job growth was widespread in March, led by … [More]

U.S. Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise as COVID-19 Recovery Continues

U.S. Department of Labor

In the week ending March 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 719,000, an increase of 61,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 26,000 from 684,000 to 658,000. The 4-week moving average was 719,000, a decrease of 10,500 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this … [More]

Phoenix Small Business Hiring and Wages Show Pandemic Rebound in March

By Eric Jay Toll for PHXNewsroom

Job gains in Phoenix, paired with a nearly 4 percent year-over-year increase in weekly wages, show ongoing economic recovery signs. The average earnings in the Valley grew to $940 per week, placing the metro area tenth among large markets. Riverside, California, topped the list with an 8 percent earnings jump. Boston was second with nearly 6 percent, followed by almost 5 … [More]

With Eviction Cliff Extended, Here’s How Millions Can Keep Their Homes


More than three million renters said they were at risk of losing their homes with the federal eviction moratorium that set to expire on Wednesday, but a new Zillow analysis shows the number of households ultimately evicted could be as low as 130,000, depending on government action, the pace of economic recovery, and how landlords respond.   That range highlights the need for … [More]

Financial Wellness Packages: The New ‘Must-Have’ for Competitive Employers

by Rob Schwister

In an October 2020 survey released by the National Endowment for Financial Education, 84% of Americans said COVID-19 is causing stress on their personal finances. More than half of those surveyed said not having money enough saved for emergencies, retirement, college and other uses ranks among their top financial concerns. Workplace Impacts When employees are stressed and … [More]

Arizona Tied for Tops in Nation for 2020 Personal Income Growth

City of Phoenix

Arizona tied for the top slot in personal income growth comparing 2020 over 2019. Both Arizona and Montana reported an 8.4 percent hike, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. In February, Greater Phoenix gained 13,400 jobs over January 2021, putting the workforce within 3.6 percent of February 2020’s employment totals. The Arizona Office of Economic … [More]

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