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June 08, 2011

New Hampshire Real Estate

"SLOW DOWN... YOU MOVE TOO FAST." Maybe the economic recovery is taking a cue from these 1960s lyrics by Simon and Garfunkel, as the economic recovery seems to be in a sluggish state at the moment. And while it doesn't leave too many Americans "feelin' groovy," there are some amazing opportunities at hand in housing. Here's what you need to know about the economy and housing industry - along with one sure thing about the current situation.

Volatility was extremely high last week - not just in the financial markets, but also in the economic reports and economic outlook. The big news of the week was the official Jobs Report, which came in well below expectations. In fact, in the private sector alone, the report indicated that only 83,000 jobs were created in May - and that number was almost 100,000 less than expected!

Although the Hourly Earnings component of the report came in a little better than expected, the overall report was just plain bad. Even for a market hungry for good news, there was no way to spin this report. Now the markets will have to wait and see if this was a one-off bad report and just a bump in the road to recovery... or if things have indeed slowed down once again.

Manufacturing slowing?

New data on the manufacturing sector of the economy also indicated a possible slowdown, as the Chicago PMI and the ISM Index - which both measure manufacturing - came in below expectations.