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At the end of the first quarter of 2021, Seattle’s metro area lost 139,000 jobs year-over-year, increasing the unemployment rate by 200 basis points (2 percent). However, these numbers have been improving over the last six months. The Central Business District’s office market had two new projects in the first quarter: the 722,000 square-foot Rainer Square (preleased to Amazon, and both Bank of America and Goldman Sachs have partially subleased the space); and the 135,000 square-foot Boren Office Lofts (which is completely vacant). Of the 2 million square feet under construction, roughly 84 percent is available (1.8 million square feet).
Portland ended the first quarter of 2021 with an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent, slightly higher than the national average of 6.0 percent. As expected, the hospitality and leisure sector is feeling most of the impact. Meanwhile, the office market is coming around and the industrial sector is expanding. Nike and Intel recently completed substantial construction projects for their headquarter expansions. Additionally, home prices are up in the area and rents are stable.
Boise saw a dramatic increase in leasing activity during the first quarter of 2021 as a result of many tenants seeking space downtown. However, tenants are wary of locking in leases as they consider their long-term office needs. Leasing rates have remained stable, with landlords offering improvement allowances and pushing for longer terms, from an average of five years to seven to help cover improvement costs.