||Index of Leading Economic
The index for San Diego County that
includes the components listed below (September)
Source: University of San Diego
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Residential units authorized by building
permits in San Diego County (September)
Source: Construction Industry Research
Initial claims for unemployment insurance
in San Diego County, inverted (September)
Source: Employment Development Department
San Diego Stock Exchange Index (September)
Source: San Diego Daily Transcript
An index of consumer confidence in San
Diego County (September)
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
||Help Wanted Advertising
An index of print and online help wanted advertising in
San Diego (September)
Source: Monster Worldwide, San Diego Union-Tribune
Index of Leading Economic Indicators (September)
Source: The Conference Board
The outlook continues to be for
weakness in the local economy at least through the first half of 2008. The weak
housing market continues to be the dominant factor, having likely been
responsible for the declines in the four negative components in this month's
Index. The recent wildfires will
likely have a negative impact on the local economy in the very short run, but
may actually provide a boost in early 2008 as rebuilding gets underway.
The beleaguered construction sector (see below) will get a boost, as will
retail activity on items such as furniture and appliances.
There were 307 residential units authorized by building permits in
September, the lowest monthly total since February 1993.
Of those, only 138 were single-family units.
Data are not available, but that was probably the lowest number of
single-family units authorized in a month since the early 1980s, although it was
close to the 145 units authorized in November 1992.
Through the end of the third quarter, building permits were down 34.5
percent compared to the same period last year, with single-family permits down
more than a quarter and multi-family units authorized down more than 40 percent
. . . Both sides of the labor market continue to be strongly negative.
The pace of job losses is picking up, with initial claims for
unemployment insurance on a seasonally adjusted basis at their highest level
in more than three years. On the
hiring side, help wanted advertising remains weak, with problems in the
housing market adversely affecting the construction and financial sectors.
The net impact was that the local unemployment rate of 4.8 percent in
September was nearly a full percent higher than the 3.9 percent rate in
September 2006. . . The trend in local consumer confidence continues to
be negative, with that component being down sharply for five months in a row.
In the past, local consumer confidence was strongly correlated with
gasoline prices. But with gasoline
prices still below the highs seen earlier this year, the decline in in
confidence is likely the result of the continuing bad news related to housing .
. . Local stock prices
rebounded from a sharp drop in August to post a modest gain in September. . .
The news on the national economy remains mixed, with the national Index of
Leading Economic Indicators flipping once again to the positive side.
The national index has not moved in the same direction in consecutive
months since the middle of 2006.
decrease puts the USD Index of Leading Economic Indicators for
San Diego County
at 133.6, down from August's revised reading of 134.9.
Revisions in building permits, initial claims for unemployment insurance,
and the national Index of Leading Economic indicators caused the previously
reported change of -1.4 percent to be revised to - 1.5 percent.
Please visit the Website address given below to see the revised changes
for the individual components. The
values for the USD Index for the last year are given below:
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