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Everyday Prices Heat Up

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Food and energy prices are volatile. Although the Motor Fuel index jumped significantly in March, year-over-year the index has declined 8.9 percent. Utility bills, on the other hand, were higher in March (+1.3 percent) and year-over-year (+6.7 percent). Even though trips to the grocery store hurt consumer wallets in March, year-over-year grocery bills declined 0.7 percent. Unfortunately, a 5.0 percent year-over-year increase in restaurant checks offset cheaper meals at home.

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H1B Jobs: Filling the Skill Gap

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Like most immigration issues, the debate over H1B visas is politically contentious. While industry calls for more visas, labor argues that foreign workers are taking jobs Americans can fill. Efforts in Congress stalled in 2013, and there seems little chance for a consensus any time soon.

But industry leaders contend that real economic issues remain. So behind the debate over H1B visas lies a more pressing question: Where will this country find the talent it needs to remain competitive and drive economic growth?

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Spring Ahead

Monday, April 7, 2014

With the spring home-building season approaching, we expect the multi-family segment to be the strongest part of the housing market.

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Rents Augur Inflation

Monday, March 31, 2014

Plummeting vacancies in the rental market and increased shelter costs point to an eventual upturn in the general price level. For now, inflation remains persistently low.

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EPI Springs Ahead

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The February Everyday Price Index (EPI) increased 0.5 percent, in contrast to a 0.4 increase in the not seasonally adjusted Consumer Price Index (CPI-U). The EPI measures the prices of goods and services purchased on a frequent basis. Therefore, the EPI reflects the day-to-day impact on consumer budgets.

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