Economic optimists ended last week on a strong note, as the July employment numbers showed more than half a million new jobs added last month. New jobs were added across a variety of sectors, showing the diversity and strength of the continued employment recovery. In fact, with the significant increase in jobs created last month, the U.S. economy has now recovered all 22 million positions lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. The national unemployment rate fell to 3.5%, matching the pre-pandemic low, and wage growth accelerated, increasing 5.2% year-over-year.
While the employment market remains red hot, other economic indicators continue to flash warning signs. High inflation persists, GDP continues to contract, and consumers are very wary of the prospects for continued economic growth. Consumer confidence in the housing market fell to its lowest level since 2011 according to Fannie Mae, as only 17% of survey respondents believe it’s a good time to purchase a home. This may push prospective home buyers back into the rental market and strengthen multifamily demand. Given the growth in the employment market, I continue to believe that the recession will be shallow and short lived, however, we are in a period of economic contraction.
The Inflation Reduction Act, a bill that will likely go down as the Biden administration’s watershed legislative achievement, passed the Senate this week. Of specific importance for the multifamily industry is the carried interest provision within the tax code. While many Democrats had argued to remove the provision, in the end, it remained. A change to carried interest would have a significant impact on property valuation and transaction volume, as many owners take advantage of the current carried interest provision.
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