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Mapping the American Rental Housing Crisis

Mapping the American Rental Housing Crisis

From the start of the housing bubble to now, there is virtually no place left in the U.S. unaffected by housing costs, regardless if you are currently looking to buy or rent. While there are many reasons for this occurring, the mainstream media has perhaps focused more on home buyers than on renters. Our neighbors to the south in Oregon made national news earlier this year as they were the first state in the nation to impose rent control, adding weight to discussions in Washington...
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U.S. Small-Area Life Expectancy Estimates

U.S. Small-Area Life Expectancy Estimates

It’s been duly noted three of the biggest words in business are: location, location, and location. From one location to the next, differences can sometimes be drastic, even when two locations are within close proximity to each other. Every indicator on the Benton-Franklin Trends website tells us something about our location and how it affects us. But what about data for locations smaller than counties and cities? Zip-code and census tract-level data are becoming more and more available, but the smaller the...
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5 Facts About Crime Trends in the U.S.

5 Facts About Crime Trends in the U.S.

Perhaps one of the most common and safest positions in a political race is promising to be “tough on crime”. Keeping communities safe is a paramount responsibility of government, often reflected as one of the top budget expenses of a local or countygovernment. 5 Facts About Crime in the U.S., a recent report and interactive website from Pew Research, has two main points: serious crime has been decreasing across the U.S. for the last two decades or more, while at the same time, public perception...
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Trends In Action

Wages in the Tri Cities Did Well in 2018 – Will that Continue?

2018 was a banner year for wage earners in the greater Tri Cities. As Trends indicator 3.1.3 reveals, the average wage climbed by 3.5%, third best over the past decade. We won’t know how 2019 will turn out for another several months. The labor economists in Olympia...
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Combined Counties Added the Most High-Paying Jobs in 8-Years+

Creating jobs in a community is on the radar of every local official and community leader. However, most don’t simply want more jobs they want more high paying jobs. Creating jobs with higher salaries not only contribute more to the economy it allows residents to provide...
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Civilian Labor Force Growing Despite Advancing Technology

Despite computers and sophisticated machinery, an economy still runs on the quantity and quality of its people. The long-term displacement of certain jobs by machines or in this era, artificial intelligence, is still occurring. But we need only look to the current...
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5-Questions With: Jeffrey Losey

Jeffery Losey

Jeffery Losey

Executive Director of the Home Builders Association of Tri Cities and Walla Walla

Q1. What are main activities of the Home Builders Association?

A1. The main activities of the HBA are to provide an association that brings together all contractors, trades and suppliers to support affordable housing.

We do this by monitoring government affairs concerning land use, the environment, affordable housing and building codes and by promoting balanced policies that accommodate responsible free-market demand and consumer choice.

Q2. In your capacity of executive director, what data do you pay most attention to?

A2. Very simply the jobs report. When jobs are being created, housing will follow. Your chart on Net Jobs Created 3.3.3 tells the why Tri Cities never bottomed out like the rest of the state after Oct. of 2008. Tri Cities was still job creating until 2011-12, this is when housing fell as well. Housing is a reactionary market and can’t create an economy all its own, there must be jobs for housing to thrive.

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