Now at its strongest point in the recovery, the economy grew by nearly 3.0 million jobs in 2014, pushing unemployment to its lowest level since the third quarter of 2008. As a result, markets across the country recorded expansionary activity as corporate confidence grew along with demand for office space. Annual net absorption totaled 54.7 million square feet driving vacancy to 15.6 percent—its lowest point since 2008—a trend expected to continue over the next 24 months.
While challenges exist ahead, including historically low labor force participation and the recent fall in oil prices, forecasts for 2015 and 2016 across the U.S. project the highest growth in more than a decade
- Click here to access an interactive online tool to evaluate rental rates, net absorption, vacancy, and construction for 52 US markets from JLL’s current US Office Outlook Q4 2014
- Download the data in report format here
- Review various markets and see where they are in the real estate cycle both currently as well as in recent past years and quarters: The JLL office clock demonstrates where each market sits within its real estate cycle. Markets generally move clockwise around the clock. Geographies on the left side of the clock are generally landlord-favorable, while markets on the right side of the clock are typically tenant-favorable.