Housing Starts

Housing starts track the number of new residential construction projects over a month. This indicator has implications for demand in construction spending/jobs, consumer wages, and complementary sectors such as durable household item sales. Along with building permits, housing starts is considered a leading economic indicator. Housing starts rose to 1.18 million in June 2020, indicating that the number of new …

Chemical Activity Barometer

The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) is a composite index, which is comprised of indicators drawn from a range of chemicals and sectors, including chlorine, alkalis, pigments, plastic resins, and other selected basic industrial chemicals. It has been shown to provide a lead of 2 to 14 months, with an average lead of 8 months at cycle peaks as determined by …

U.S. Building Permits

US Building Permits, as defined by the Census Bureau, is the approval or authorization by the government to legally work on construction projects in permit-issuing places, in this case, specifically for new privately-owned housing units. An increase in building permits is a leading indicator of the health of the US Housing sector, and often the US economy at large. US …

Housing Starts

Housing starts track the number of new residential construction projects over a month. This indicator has implications for demand in construction spending/jobs, consumer wages, and complementary sectors such as durable household item sales. Along with building permits, housing starts is considered a leading economic indicator. Housing starts fell by -22.25% in March 2020 to an annualized rate of 1.22 million, …

Change in Employment by Industry

This graph displays the seasonally adjusted employment change by industry in March 2020 in thousands. These numbers are calculated by taking the difference between the previous and current months total to jobs per industry to then determine how employment has shifted within a specific month. This chart is a good indicator to determine which industries are contracting or expanding within …

Architecture Billings Index

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is an indicator of commercial and industrial building activity. The Work-on-the-Boards survey is given to architecture firms each month to report how billing activity performed in the previous month. The ABI is a reliable tool for firms to track architectural movements in the market. Readings above 50 indicate rising levels of construction for non-residential buildings, …