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Grubb and Ellis recently issued a report, quoting the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ March jobs report, indicating that 180,000 new payroll jobs were produced that month, while the 4.4% jobless rate matched the recent low set in October. This is welcome evidence that the housing and manufacturing slumps have not yet infected the broader economy.  The general health of the economy bodes well for commercial real estate markets and implies that employment demand is going to continue unabated. We also continue to see hiring activity across every sector including the multifamily segment, which continues to benefit from weak housing sales. Overall, confidence appears to be strong, once again proof that commercial real estate is all about the fundamentals.

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