The number of people setting up their own households has fallen to some of the lowest levels in a generation, a trend that threatens to prolong the recession.
Many people, young and old, who in more promising times would be out on their own, are finding themselves ... stuck at square one. ...
The recession has wreaked havoc on all sorts of life plans. Tumbling stock prices have cut retirements short. Layoffs have forced middle-aged children to move in with mom. Falling home prices prompt unhappy couples to rethink divorce. The larger consequence of all these discrete decisions is that Americans are forming fewer households, which in turn helps prolong the downturn.
Government data suggest that the recession has helped push down household formation. ...
Household formation rates could keep falling, said Richard Moody, chief economist for Forward Capital, a real estate investment and research company, because of the strong correlation between job loss and household formation. With unemployment not expected to peak until next year, "a lot of that isn't reflected yet" in the data, he said.
Friday, July 10, 2009
The recession is slowing household formation
The Washington Post points out the effect the recession is having on household formation: