According to the May 3 edition of the Kiplinger Letter, the U.S. experienced "stronger-than-expected" job growth in February, March and April. The average monthly gain has been about 196,000 so far.
However, average work hours per week fell, the number of Americans voluntarily working part-time increased and the number of people working has not regained its pre-recession status.
According to Kiplinger, lumber prices will rise for most of the year as the housing boom continues upward. In fact, lumber increases are "outpacing" home prices, which could hurt builders' bottom lines.
Paper prices are not rebounding as fast a predicted. However, the decline should end late 2013.
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