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    Change on
Previous Year
Consumer Price Index (CPI-U)
for the Washington‑Baltimore,
 (As of March 2012)
-- -- 3.2%
For the United States (As of March 2012) -- --  2.7% 
Core CPI-U (excludes food and energy) -- -- 2.3%
(As of March 2012)
(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 February 2011)   5.0% 5.0%  4.7%
Virginia (As of February 2012)   5.7% 5.8%   6.4%
United States (As of March 2012)   8.2%  8.3%   8.8%
(Source: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  Current Quarter Prior Quarter Prior Year
Office Vacancy Rates       
  Alexandria 14.4%  13.9% 12.1%
  Northern Virginia 13.9%  13.3% 12.9%
  Washington DC Metro Area 12.2%  11.7% 11.5%
(As of 1st quarter 2012)
(Source: CoStar)
  Current Year Prior Year Change on
Previous Year
New Business Licenses  
3 month trailing average
71 60


(As of March 2012)
(Source: Finance Department)
New Commercial Construction (excluding apartment buildings) and Building Renovations
(Fiscal YTD as of February 2012) 
Number of New Building Permits       3            1 200.0%
Value of New Building Permits 
($ millions)
    $30.1          $0.3 9933.3%
(Source: Office of Code Administration)
New Multi-Family Construction (including apartment and condominium buildings)
(Fiscal YTD as of February 2012)
Number of New Building Permits    61    28 117.9%
Value of New Building Permits
($ millions)
   $123.7   $40.0 209.3%
(Source: Office of Code Administration)
Residential Real Estate Indicators
(Calendar YTD ending February 2012)
Residential Dwelling Units Sold            200             205   -2.4%
Median Residential Sales Price 
(As of January 2012)
   $466,500      $393,000   18.7%
(Source: Department of Real Estate Assessments)
3 month trailing Average
27 20      35.0%
(As of February 2012)
(Source: Department of Real Estate Assessments)