August 2, 2018 : This week’s Markets In A Minute: Fed leaves rates unchanged. Which industry is struggling with labor shortages?
- The Fed elected to leave policy rates unchanged at this month’s meeting, as was expected. Markets have already priced in 2 more rate hikes this year though
- Consumer spending increased solidly in June, helping drive the economy. Inflation also rose moderately, which could pressure rates higher in the future.
- Although the labor market continues to show strength, the construction industry is struggling with labor shortages. Young job seekers just don’t seem interested.
- Home prices were up 6.4% for the year in May, supported by low rates and tight inventory. The pace of price increases is showing signs of slowing.
- Pending home sales were down in June from the previous year as inventory continues to be an issue. However, sales were up 0.9% compared to May.
- Construction spending recorded its biggest drop in more than a year in June. Homebuilding has been slowing due to rising material costs and labor shortages.
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