Joblosses and Foreclosures rise "unexpectedly"

Just in case the stock markets irrational exuberance made you drunk, here's a dose of job market and real estate market facts to help you get back to reality:

IRVINE, Calif. – April 15, 2010 — RealtyTrac, the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, today released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for Q1 2010, which shows that foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 932,234 properties in the first quarter, a 7 percent increase from the previous quarter and a 16 percent increase from the first quarter of 2009. One in every 138 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing during the quarter.
Foreclosure filings were reported on 367,056 properties in March, an increase of nearly 19 percent from the previous month, an increase of nearly 8 percent from March 2009 and the highest monthly total since RealtyTrac began issuing its report in January 2005.

Foreclosure Activity by Type
During the quarter a total of 304,799 properties received 
default notices (Notices of Default and Lis Pendens), an increase of 1 percent from the previous quarter but down 1 percent from the first quarter of 2009. Default notices were down nearly 11 percent from a peak of more than 342,000 in the third quarter of 2009.
Foreclosure auctions were scheduled for the first time on a total of 369,491 properties during the quarter, the highest quarterly total for scheduled auctions in the history of the report. Scheduled auctions increased 12 percent from the previous quarter and were up 21 percent from the first quarter of 2009.
Bank repossessions (REOs) also hit a record high for the report in the first quarter, with a total of 257,944 properties repossessed by the lender during the quarter — an increase of 9 percent from the previous quarter and an increase of 35 percent from the first quarter of 2009.
April 15, 2010, AP, NEW YORK — Stock mostly fell in early trading Thursday after a report showed initial claims for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly for the second straight week. Data on industrial production also fell short of expectations, but did show growth for the ninth straight month.
Oh, really? Unexpectedly?

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