CHICAGO—During the second quarter, the US office sector reached a milestone on its road to a true recovery, according to a new research by JLL. Although office users and landlords reported a lot of activity, it was perhaps more significant that increased velocity was seen in markets far beyond the gateway cities and areas like New York, San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

“First and foremost, we saw in the second quarter about 14-million-square-feet of net absorption,” John Sikaitis, JLL’s managing director for local markets and office research, tells, a boost of about 38% from the second quarter of last year. Overall, tenants leased 61.9-million-square-feet of space during the second quarter.

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