Commercial Real Estate Weathers Turbulent Times


Despite the Standard & Poor’s downgrade of U.S. debt, a worsening European sovereign debt crisis and rising stock market volatility, the U.S. economy continues to expand and create new jobs, supported by strong consumer spending and business investment.

Over the past 12 months (as of the end of October), payroll employment has increased by an average of 125,000 jobs per month. However, the pace is not fast enough to lower the unemployment rate. As a result, we do not expect employment to return to its prior peak until 2016. Overall, employment growth appears to be strong in health care, high tech and energy, but is disappointing in finance, government and construction.


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