Market Report

2022 Q4| Industrial Market Report (Signature Associates, Detroit)

Fourth quarter 2022 closed with a direct vacancy rate of 3.74%, an overall vacancy rate of 4.24%, and an average asking direct rental rate reported at $7.20 psf. In December, the Michigan unemployment rate was recorded at 4.3%, a decrease of 1.3 percentage points compared to this time last year, while the U. S. unemployment rate was recorded at 3.5%. Despite the Federal Reserve’s intentions to slow the demand for labor, wage gains and inflation with their continued interest rate hikes, the number of U.S. job openings in December was recorded at 11M, up from 10.46M in November as employers continued hiring at a solid pace. During fourth quarter, the U.S. economy grew by 2.9% and 2.1% throughout 2022, recording six straight months of stable growth. In December, indicators pointed towards the easing of inflation as consumer spending decreased by 0.2% from November along with a decline in consumer prices. It is expected the Federal Reserve will raise the key interest rate during 2023, with the number of increases to be determined. As inflation reached a 40-year high, seven interest rate increases were recorded during 2022 with the final increase of the year by half a point reaching the highest level in 15 years. Inflation remains one of the top economic concerns as consumers remain cautious, re-evaluate their spending habits and outlook towards saving and borrowing.