NIC Notes

Insights in Seniors Housing & Care

Economic Trends  |  Senior Housing  |  Workforce

Jobless Claims Surge to Historic High of 3.3 million in the Week Ending March 21

By: Beth Mace  |  March 26, 2020

The Department of Labor reported that 3,283,000 Americans filed for unemployment insurance benefits in the week ending March 21, 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down much of the economy.  The weekly report is among the first economic indicators to show the effects of the virus on the economy.   This was an increase of 3,001,000 from the previous week’s level of 282,000.  This shattered records and was the highest level of initial claims in the history of the series.  At its worse during the Great Recession, there were 665,000 first-time claims filed in the week ended March 28, 2009.  That was second only to the week ended October 2, 1982, when 695,000 first-time claims were filed.  This report compares poorly with the average 225,000 claims filed by people during each week during the past six months. 

Market Trends  |  Senior Housing

By the Numbers: California’s Seniors Housing Market

By: Beth Mace  |  March 18, 2020

Of the 99 NIC MAP® primary and secondary metropolitan markets that the NIC MAP® Data Service reports on across the nation, 11 are in California.1 Within these metropolitan markets, NIC tracks 937 seniors housing properties with 107,500 units, or nearly 12% of the seniors housing properties within the 99 markets. By coincidence, this share is comparable to California’s 12% share of the total U.S. population (39.6 million people live in California versus 327 million in the U.S. as of 2018). Within the state, performance measurements vary considerably.

Economic Trends  |  Senior Housing  |  Workforce

273,000 Jobs Created in February, Providing a Solid Footing for an Economic Shock

By: Beth Mace  |  March 09, 2020

The Labor Department reported that there were 273,000 jobs added in February.  This was more than the consensus estimate of 175,000 and marked the 113th consecutive month of job gains. For all of 2019, average monthly gains were less at 178,000. For 2018, monthly gains averaged 193,000 and for 2017, monthly gains averaged 176,000.  The latter data points were revised from prior estimates.   

Market Trends  |  Senior Housing

Looking Below Headline Occupancy Metrics:  A Focus on Las Vegas

By: Beth Mace  |  March 04, 2020

Las Vegas ranks 31st of the NIC MAP® 31 Primary Markets in size, with roughly 4,400 units situated in 36 properties. In the fourth quarter of 2019, it had a seniors housing occupancy rate of 84.1%, fourth lowest among the 31 markets (Phoenix, Atlanta and Houston were lower). Stabilized occupancy was considerably higher at 88.9%, pushing its rank to 20th among the Primary Markets, and Las Vegas’ median occupancy rate was even higher at 91.3%, giving it a rank of 18th among the Primary Markets. The wide disparity in occupancy rates reflects both the large number of units recently opened but that remain empty and some properties with very low occupancy rates that are dragging down the average.