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    Change on
Previous Year
Consumer Price Index (CPI-U)
for the Washington‑Baltimore,
 (As of November 2011)
-- -- 3.3%
For the United States (As of December 2011) -- --  3.0% 
Core CPI-U (excludes food and energy) -- -- 2.2%
(As of December 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 December 2011)   4.6% 4.3%  4.4%
Virginia (As of December 2011)   6.2% 6.2%   6.6%
United States (As of January 2012)   8.3%  8.5%  9.4%
(Source: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  Current Quarter Prior Quarter Prior Year
Office Vacancy Rates       
  Alexandria 13.5%  13.6% 11.6%
  Northern Virginia 13.1%  12.9% 12.6%
  Washington DC Metro Area 11.6%  11.5% 11.3%
(As of 4th quarter 2011)
(Source: CoStar)
  Current Year Prior Year Change on
Previous Year
New Business Licenses  
3 month trailing average
64 52


(As of January 2012)
(Source: Finance Department)
New Commercial Construction (excluding apartment buildings) and Building Renovations
(Fiscal YTD as of December 2011) 
Number of New Building Permits       2            1 100.0%
Value of New Building Permits 
($ millions)
    $17          $0.3 5466.7%
(Source: Office of Code Administration)
New Multi-Family Construction (including apartment and condominium buildings)
(Fiscal YTD as of December 2011)
Number of New Building Permits    60    26 130.8%
Value of New Building Permits
($ millions)
   $102.9   $39.9 157.9%
(Source: Office of Code Administration)
Residential Real Estate Indicators
(Calendar YTD ending December 2011)
Residential Dwelling Units Sold            1,690             1,697    -0.4%
Median Residential Sales Price 
(As of December 2011)
   $488,500      $417,600   17.0%
(Source: Department of Real Estate Assessments)
3 month trailing Average
14 20       -30.0%
(As of December 2011)
(Source: Department of Real Estate Assessments)