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One Rate Hike Down; How About Another?

Many in the mortgage industry were anxiously waiting to view the results of the first jobs report of 2016 to see if the Federal Reserve was on track with the timing of its long-awaited December rate hike or if the central bank acted too quickly.

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Will September’s Weak Jobs Report Slow Down Housing Growth?

While the national unemployment rate held steady at 5.1 percent from August (the U6 rate, the broadest measure of unemployment, fell 3 basis points to 10 percent), September saw a gain of just 142,000 jobs, bringing the average monthly total for the first nine months of 2015 down to 198,000, according to the September 2015 Employment Summary released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on Friday. By comparison, average monthly job gains for the first nine months of 2014 totaled 260,000.

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Data Shows April Was Prosperous For Housing

In the NAHB's Eye on Housing blog, Crowe cited a number of positive housing statistics that indicate that April was a prosperous month for the industry in spite of the U.S. economy contracting at an annualized rate of minus 7 percent in Q1. The lack of economic growth in Q1 did nothing to damper economists' predictions about housing recovery for 2015, however, largely because of strong April numbers.

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Housing Market Will Benefit From Increased Job Gains, Economists Say

Revised, employment gains for March and April were a combined 32,000 more than previously reported (March's job gains were revised from 85,000 up to 119,000, and April's were revised down slightly from 223,000 to 221,000). With approximately 3.01 million jobs added in the last year and the job situation seemingly recovered from a disappointing March, the housing market may be reaping the benefits later in the year, according to analysts.

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