Jobless claims plummeted by 19,000 filings to 284,000 for the week ended July 19, the lowest level for initial claims since Feb. 18, 2006. But it's what is hidden behind the numbers that is important to note.
The actual number of initial unemployment claims under state programs was 269,689 for the week ending May 10. That’s down 19,059 from the previous week, and significantly beat analyst expectations, which had predicted an increase of 2,887.
The unemployment rate dropped from 6.7% to 6.3%, largely on 806,000 people dropping out of the workforce. But, analysts note that the question remains as to whether the improvement is a catch up from adverse weather.
The financial sector experienced the largest number of layoffs in February compared to other sectors, but unlike recent reports, the cuts follow successful companies taking proactive steps in adjusting to new realities.
A wide range of companies making the 2014 HW Fast50 suggests that — are you ready for this? — maybe things aren't as bad in the U.S. mortgage and housing markets as some breathless press might otherwise suggest. After all, our rankings this year include mortgage insurers, investors, loan servicers, technology specialists and dot-coms, home builders, real estate services companies, mortgage bankers and more..
Last October, HousingWire highlighted several correspondent lenders and gave a broad overview of where this division of mortgage finance was heading. We are happy to report that those lenders are still doing a robust set of business, although the road remains no less rocky. But as we said last year, at least there’s a road to begin with. Read More
As our business moves into a new era of low profitability, increased expenses, and intense regulatory scrutiny, virtually every mortgage executive needs to experiment with ways to increase productivity and CFPB compliance while reducing overall operating costs. Read More