2018 a Record-Setting Year to Remember for San Francisco Office Market

Year Ends with More Large Tech Deals, Positive Trends, but Supply Could Impact Growth Ahead SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – January 10, 2019 – 2018 was a year for the San Francisco history books, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s year-end office market report. The firm’s quarterly publication revealed San Francisco produced a number of records this past year in the dominant office sector, including record high rents and new construction deliveries. In addition, vacancy reached a three-year low, while tenant requirements (demand) held strong. Also favorable to the market’s economic stamina, the most recent San Francisco metropolitan division (San Francisco and San Mateo counties) unemployment rate was a minimal 2.2%, dropping even further below the year ago figure of 2.6%. Year-over-year (YOY) total private sector jobs increased by 2.0% to 1,023,600 while office using positions increased 2.5% to 397,400. Overall San Francisco office market vacancy closed 2018 at just 6.4%, with [...]

C&W Report: Best Labor Market Since 1999

by Ken McCarthy Senior Managing Director Economic Analysis and Forecasting January 25, 2015 Best U.S. Labor Market Since 1999 The U.S. economy added 252,000 jobs in December 2014, capping the best year for the U.S. labor market since 1999. In sectors that tend to influence commercial real estate, employment growth was generally healthy. Office-using employment increased by 64,000 jobs. The unemployment rate fell to 5.6%, its lowest level since June 2008, and the underemployment rate (including discouraged and part time workers) declined to 11.2%, also its lowest level in more than five years. Despite the apparent tightening of the job market, average hourly earnings fell 0.2% ($0.05) in December, the first decline in more than three years. Job Growth The U.S. economy continued to add jobs at a robust pace in December as non-farm payroll employment increased by 252,000 jobs. The strength of labor markets was reinforced by an upward revision [...]