The Labor Department reported that there were 130,000 jobs added in August, below the consensus estimate of 160,000. About 25,000 of the jobs added were temporary positions associated with the 2020 census. For the eight months through August, the average monthly increase in total employment has been 158,000, below the average monthly gain of 223,000 in 2018. The private sector added 96,000 jobs in August, weaker than the monthly year-to-date pace of 145,000 and down from an average monthly gain of 215,000 in 2018.
The NIC MAP® Data Service recently released national monthly data through June 2019 for actual rates and leasing velocity. The NIC Actual Rates initiative is driven by the need to continually increase transparency in the seniors housing sector and achieve greater parity to data that is available in other real estate asset types. Having access to accurate data on the monthly rates that a seniors housing resident pays as compared to asking rates helps NIC achieve this goal.
Building off the momentum, enthusiasm, and focus of NIC’s recently released Middle Market Study, NIC will open and close the 2019 Fall conference with two sessions dedicated to this topic. The study, funded by NIC and conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, revealed there is a substantial market that private-pay seniors housing currently is not serving. This is the cohort who do not qualify for Medicaid but may not have sufficient resources to pay for private seniors housing as it exists today. More than half of these individuals are projected to have mobility limitations by 2029 and other health care needs.
In mid-July 2019, I had the pleasure of attending the 10th Annual NELS Summit in Washington, DC. NIC is a proud co-sponsor of the three-day event, where emerging leaders in health and aging services can connect with peers, develop their leadership skills, learn about advocacy, and network with industry leaders. The majority of NELS attendees hold Executive Director or Administrator positions at skilled nursing facilities, assisted living and independent living communities, CCRCs, rehabilitation hospitals, affiliated organizations, and home- and community-based services.