A home is seen under construction on Vine Maple Drive Southeast above a row of completed homes on Thursday, April 8, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The housing market in Salem and Keizer remains hot. Fewer people in the Salem area are receiving unemployment benefits, more employers are posting want ads and average hourly wages are up. Slightly fewer new businesses were registered in Salem. Residents spent less on video poker, possibly because of a week of increased pandemic restrictions. Building permits were a mixed bag.

 

Home sales (lots under a half acre) – Salem/Keizer

April 2021: 290

March 2021: 273

April 2020: 282

February 2021: 195

Median price:

April 2021: $369,500

April 2020: $321,295

March 2021: $375,000

March 2020: $321,250

Source: Willamette Valley Multiple Listing Service

Continuing claims for unemployment

Marion County

April 2021: 2,836

March 2021: 3,172

February 2021: 4,218

January 2021: 4,730

December 2020: 3,909

April 2020: 12,948

January 2020: 2,268

Polk County

April 2021: 662

March 2021: 751

February 2021: 931

January 2021: 1,034

December 2020: 828

April 2020: 2,925

January 2020: 502

Source: Oregon Employment Department

 

Salem area average hourly earning

April 2021: $24.36

March 2021: $24.04

February 2021: $24.29

April 2020: $23.38

 

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

 

Salem area help wanted ads online

April: 9,750

March: 8,750

February: 7,890

Statewide area help wanted ads online

April: 104,000

March: 91,800

February: 80,400

Source: The Conference Board via Oregon Employment Department

 

Video lottery sales

Marion County

April: $9.4 million

March: $11.8 million

February: $5.8 million

January: $212,084 (lottery locations limited)

Polk County

April: $1.1 million

March: $1.3 million

February: $606,615

January: $27,453 (lottery locations limited)

Source: Oregon Lottery

 

Salem new business registrations

April: 758

March: 766

February: 614

January: 582

April: 2020: 461

Source: Oregon Secretary of State

 

Salem building permits

New single-family dwellings

April: 42

Total value for April: $13.6 million

March: 68

February: 59

January: 25

April 2020: 22

Total value for April 2020: $6.6 million

 

New multi-family dwelling units

April: 15

Total value for April: $1.8 million

March: 6

February: 246

January: 0

April 2020: 96

Total value for April 2020: $9.9 million

New commercial/industrial permits

April: 7

Total value: $2.8 million

March: 7

Total value: $6.6 million

February: 13

Total value: $8.9 million

January: 7

Total value: $12.7 million

April 2020: 6

Total value: $7.8 million

Source: city of Salem

 Contact reporter Jake Thomas at 503-575-1251 or [email protected] or @jakethomas2009.

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