Labor Market Anomalies and Red-Hot Housing Market

CME Group
Economic Research

Labor Market Anomalies and Soaring Home Prices

By Blu Putnam, Chief Economist
Erik Norland, Senior Economist
CME Group

Contradictions in the Labor Market
  • About 30%, or seven million, of jobs lost to pandemic yet to be recovered.
  • Some sectors unable to find workers in an anomaly of the economic recovery.
  • More incentives and better compensation might be needed for rehiring.
  • Number of workers voluntarily leaving workforce has been elevated.
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Red-Hot Housing Market, Prices Surge
  • Median home prices surged 26% in June from a year ago.
  • High savings, low mortgage rates fueling rise in house prices.
  • Could consumers turn to buying homes as an inflation hedge?
  • Fed could ease asset purchases amid rising home prices, inflation
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