September U.S. Market Review with Bram Gallagher
In this week's episode, Jamie sits down with Bram Gallagher, a fellow economist at AirDNA. Together, they unpack September's U.S. market data and share a pulse check on the industry as we navigate the year's final quarter.
After August's industry-wide dips, September brought welcome surprises. Demand rose to 12.2%, and revenue increased to 15.1%, signaling that last month's downturn was more of a blip than a trend. However, we've now seen 19 months of continuous decline in occupancy, although recent figures suggest we're on the mend—moving from -4.2% to -1.2% compared to 2019 levels. ADRs are also bouncing back, with a 2.6% upswing.
Jamie and Bram then set their focus on pivotal economic indicators, providing a rich context to understand the market’s trajectory. A robust job report keeps unemployment stable at 3.8%, which could prompt the FED to reconsider interest rates. Geopolitical tensions in the Middle East could exert pressure on energy prices, possibly leading to inflation. On a brighter note, as the U.S. dollar eases, we're witnessing a rebound in foreign travel—now accounting for 7.4% of total exports, up from 6.5% earlier this year.
Jamie and Bram also shed light on upcoming indicators like the CPI report and what they mean for future occupancy rates.
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