BLS real estate statistics show improved outlook for sector

The real estate sector, including the rental segment, experienced another drop in unemployment during August.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that unemployment among U.S. real estate employees decreased to 6.1 percent in August from 6.2 percent in July. This drop is considerable from when rates jumped to 7.1 percent in June.

In the report, the Bureau defines real estate employees as those who earn their living "renting, leasing or otherwise allowing the use of tangible or intangible assets, and establishments providing related services." That includes landlords, rental property management officials and real estate agents.

The BLS further reported that work-related fatalities in the real estate field fell to 61 overall in 2011 from 89 in 2010. However, Inman News reports that assaults and other violent attacks took over a larger share of real estate workplace fatalities last year.

In response to the increase in violent rental workplace fatalities, Inman News noted landlords and property managers should take precautions. According to the source, one of the best ways to prevent an attack is to conduct strict tenant background checks to avoid leasing to a potentially criminal or violent tenant.