The broadest measure of unemployment in the USA is the U-6 unemployment rate. In addition to the recently unemployed who are actively seeking work, it includes discouraged workers who have quit looking for a job and part-time workers who would like to upgrade to full-time employment. This rate has gradually declined from a high of 17.1% in April 2010 to 7.6 percent as of May 2018–the lowest data point for this rate since the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking it in 1994. Click on the graph below to see sources and a brief explanation of the six unemployment rates tracked by the Federal Government.
The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year.
The developer of a 315-unit apartment complex, which sparked a years-long political battle in the East Bay city of Lafayette, said he would bring it back if voters killed a ballot measure to put 44 single-family homes on the same lot.