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Indicators tracking the performance of the Washington area economy

A snapshot of the current state of the national economy

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Featured Research

Roadmap for the Region's Economic Future

January 2016
The Washington region's economy has undergone a major structural change since 2010 and has since under performed its peer metros. The Roadmap identifies an alternative to this current slow-growth pattern.

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The Region’s Future Housing Needs

The Region's Future Housing Needs

June 2015 – Between 2011 and 2023, the Greater Washington region is projected to add 410,380 new households, including workers and their families, retirees, students and others . This analysis forecasts the Area Median Income group of the households, as well as the type and tenure of the housing units they occupy.

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Improving the Region’s Global Competitiveness

Improving the Region's Global Competitiveness

November 2014 - The Washington DC region is facing unprecedented challenges to its economy. CRA has reviewed how the region is doing relative to the global economy and proposed an agenda for improving its competitiveness.

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Roadmap to the Region’s Future Economy

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Recent Publications and Reports

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CRA Census Series

In the News
” The federal government is a major contributor to the local economy. It isn’t free money though, and the real story here is that the Washington area workforce works very hard. We have more wage-earners per household than any metropolitan area” – Dr. Fuller on the impact of the federal government on the region’s affluence


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Regional Indicators

Wash Metro Unemployment Rate*
3.8% (Dec-15), down 0.6% from Dec-14
Green arrow up #3 Wash Metro Jobs*
3.2M (Dec-15), up 68.5K from Dec-14
  Wash Metro Median Home Price**
376K (Jan-16), down 2.5% from Jan-15

* Not Seasonally Adjusted
** Eight-jurisdiction region as defined by RBI


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