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May Unemployment Up Slightly to 7.6 Percent

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose in May by 175,000, and the unemployment rate increased slightly to 7.6 percent, up from 7.5 percent in April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Over the year, the labor force participation rate has ... Read More »

Builder Confidence Improves in May

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes improved three points to a 44 reading on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for May. This gain, from a downwardly revised 41 in April, ... Read More »

‘E-Fairness’ Bill Passes Senate Vote; Awaits House Debate

The U.S. Senate recently voted 69 to 27 to approve a bill to allow states to collect taxes from online sellers that make $1 million or more in gross sales annually. The Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 will now move ... Read More »

29,000 Retail Jobs Added in April

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose in April by 165,000, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 7.5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. The unemployment rate changed little in April but has declined by 0.4 percentage point ... Read More »

Study: Economy Less Likely Affecting Millennials’ Shopping Habits

Millennials are less likely to spend less due to the economy, according to a consumer survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics on behalf of the National Retail Federation. Its April Consumer Survey showed that 89.5 percent of young adults feel the ... Read More »

2012 Market Measure: The Industry’s Annual Report

To watch the full video, click here. NRHA’s most popular webcast, the Market Measure will provide original data from its annual report. This webcast is an essential tool for any channel of the home improvement sector and will provide an ... Read More »

The Rebirth of DIY

To watch the full video, click here. Is economic pressure encouraging an increase in DIY activity across the country? Supported by original research, this webinar will examine how consumers’ attitudes toward do-it-yourself projects have changed over the years, and how ... Read More »

2011 Market Measure: The Industry’s Annual Report

Market Measure is NRHA’s annual report on the state of the industry. This report is an essential tool for any channel of the home improvement sector and provides an in-depth overview on the past year in home improvement, as well ... Read More »