The Labor Department reported that there were 145,000 jobs added in December. This was less than the consensus estimate of 160,000 and marked the 111th consecutive month of job gains. For all of 2019, employers added 2.11 million jobs. That was a slowdown from the increase of 2.68 million in 2018 and ranked 2019 eighth for job growth in the past 10 years.
In 2020, there will be an estimated 23 million Americans over the age of 75 and 8.9 million over 83, a common move-in age of a resident to seniors housing. These will be members of the Greatest Generation and the Silent Generation. And some of these older individuals—roughly 90,000—will be centenarians or older. It’s not until the end of this upcoming decade in 2029 that the oldest baby boomer will have turned 83—effectively opening the proverbial floodgates for seniors housing.
The National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF) recently released investment return performance indicators for the primary commercial real estate sectors, including seniors housing. The results for seniors housing are summarized in this blog post. The performance measurements reflect the returns of 124 seniors housing properties, valued at $6.5 billion in the third quarter.