The pandemic has devastated some sectors while leaving others relatively unscathed. U.S. airlines are laying off tens of thousands as air travel continues to languish at a fraction of its previous level. Meanwhile, home sales are strong because mortgages are cheap for those who qualify, and people who have work-from-home jobs are looking for more space.

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A shortage of homes for sale continues, but buyers are snapping up what inventory there is.

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Job openings are rising here and across the nation, but the Seattle metro area has rebounded less than the U.S. as a whole.

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Business starts are ahead of last year’s pace, but they have weakened since midsummer.

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