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Troubling Unemployment Numbers Eclipsed by a Strong Housing Market

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Although the housing market continues to show strength, Freddie Mac economists say there are increasingly troubling signs in the larger economy. The third quarter forecast from the company’s Economic and Housing Research Group notes an apparent stall in economic activity in early July. Even as many businesses reopened, unemployment claims continued at elevated levels, (and posted its largest one-week increase in three months last week). In mid-September claims totaled about 26 million. Although the unemployment rate declined to 7.9 percent in September, Freddie Mac says a shift from temporary to permanent unemployment and a deterioration in labor force participation signals an underlaying labor market weakness. But then there is the housing market. One of the main drivers of the quick recovery…(read more)

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