Some states share in the good news, while others are having a tougher time. There are 33 states where the unemployment rate is under the national average and 14 where unemployment is above the national average.
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.
News that the federal government has decided to forego an extension of long-term benefits for the unemployed prompted the California Employment Development Department (EDD) to fire off a warning notice to impacted workers. A big underlying concern is what happens to those using these benefits to support mortgages.
The darlings of 2014, the single-family housing investment and rental businesses, didn’t dominate like last year, but they still had a strong showing. After snagging four of the top five spots on the 2014 HW Fast50, two SFRs placed in the top five in 2015 and three made the top 50..
Bank loyalty is not a factor for borrowers in shopping for a mortgage loan. Borrowers tend to select a mortgage originator based on product, price and their expectation for a convenient transaction process. Read More