chi-McCarthy-KennethBut thelatest jobs report showed a still-healthyeconomy. Kenneth McCarthyCushman & WakefieldQ: TheUS economy added 213,000 jobs in June, marking the 93rd consecutivemonth employers added to payrolls – how long with this streak lastand what will be the biggest determining factors?Q: For commercial real estate, what is mostencouraging about the June jobs numbers?Q: Which employment sectors stood out inJune?Q: Recently, some $34billion in tariffs on Chinese imports took effect officially, withanother $16 billion due to take effect in a few weeks. InitialUS tariffs on Chinese goods target auto parts, electroniccomponents, jet engine parts, compressors and other machinery. Inaddition, the US is threatening to impose tariffs on morethan $500 billion in Chinese imports. China hit back immediatelyvia duties on US shipments including soybeans and automobiles. Whatthreat does this trade war pose to the US economy, and thecommercial real estate market in particular? Do you think aprolonged trade war could tamp down expectations for jobgrowth?Q: What impact has the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act had onthe US economy in general — and commercial real estate inparticular — up to this point, and what impact will it have overthe next six months?

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.