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Online Reference 1: Selected Economic Indicators

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    Change on
Previous Year
Consumer Price Index (CPI-U)
for the Washington‑Baltimore,
 (As of September 2011)
-- -- 3.4%
For the United States (As of September 2011) -- --  3.9% 
Core CPI-U (excludes food and energy) -- -- 2.0%
(As of September 2011)
(Source: Published bi-monthly by United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  Current Month Prior Month Prior Year
Unemployment Rates        
Alexandria (As of September 2011)   4.8% 4.8%  4.5%
Virginia (As of September 2011)   6.5% 6.3%   6.7%
United States (As of October 2011)    9.0%  9.1%  9.6%
(Source: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  Current Quarter Prior Quarter Prior Year
Office Vacancy Rates       
  Alexandria 13.6%  13.0% 11.6%
  Northern Virginia 12.4%  12.7% 12.7%
  Washington DC Metro Area 11.2%  11.5% 11.6%
(As of 3rd quarter 2011)
(Source: CoStar)
  Current Year Prior Year Change on
Previous Year
New Business Licenses  
3 month trailing average
59 72


(As of October 2011)
(Source: Finance Department)
New Commercial Construction (excluding apartment buildings) and Building Renovations
(Fiscal YTD as of October  2011) 
Number of New Building Permits       1            0 N/A
Value of New Building Permits 
($ millions)
    $16          $0  N/A
(Source: Office of Code Enforcement)
New Multi-Family Construction (including apartment and condominium buildings)
(Fiscal YTD ending October 2011)
Number of New Building Permits     8    2 N/A
Value of New Building Permits
($ millions)
   $70.2   $0.2 N/A
(Source: Office of Code Enforcement)      
Residential Real Estate Indicators
(Calendar YTD ending October 2011)
Residential Dwelling Units Sold            1,461             1,402   4.2%
Median Residential Sales Price 
(As of October 2011)
   $490,500      $460,000   6.6%
(Source: Department of Real Estate Assessments)
3 month trailing Average
19 33       -42.4%
(As of October 2011)
(Source: Department of Real Estate Assessments)