Economic gloom and doom in Maryland’s largest jurisdiction

From The Washington Post: In 1991, defense contractor General Dynamics was looking for a place to move its headquarters and the 200 jobs that went with it. Then-Montgomery County Executive Neal Potter had a ready answer: Not here. Potter said the county needed “to ease off” creating new jobs — and the problems, like traffic, he

The Washington Leading Index Increased 2.5% in Feb. 2018

The Washington Leading Index increased in February 2018, gaining 2.5 percent from February 2017 and building on January’s increase of 1.8 percent. The Leading Index had been positive in eleven of last year’s twelve months, the only exception being December’s decline that was likely linked to severe weather and the continuing budget impasse that threaten a federal government shutdown. This overall strong performance in 2017 has now continued through the first two months of 2018 and points to the region’s continued economic expansion through at least the third quarter of 2018.   

Schar School Stat: Workers Per Household

This piece ran in the Washington Business Journal in the April 20, 2018 edition. The graphic was prepared by the Washington Business Journal using data supplied by the Institute. In 2016, 42.9 percent of all households in the Washington region had two or more workers. Of the 15 largest metro areas, the region had the second largest

Housing Market Trends in the Washington Region: First Quarter 2018

In 1Q 2018, the Washington region’s housing market performance indicators were mixed. Closed sales decreased from last year, but the homes that sold were on the market for a significantly shorter period of time. The decrease in sales was likely the result of decreased supply and increased uncertainty that resulted from the federal budget standoff. Furthermore, the tight inventory and the low days-on-market did not translate to above average price gains. This combination of housing market performance is unusual for the region. Altogether, it suggests that the market is likely being disproportionately driven by a core group of motivated and discerning buyers, while weak inventory and economic uncertainty subdued the overall pool of buyers.

Loudoun’s aversion to new single-family homes driving surge in this type of housing

From The Washington Business Journal (Subscription required): Loudoun County is opening the floodgates to new age-restricted communities in a move that some county officials and other observers say could be detrimental to its economic future. The Loudoun Board of Supervisors recently approved two new age-restricted communities that will add hundreds of units for individuals 55 and