Propelled by cheap mortgages, home buyers continue to step up despite rising prices across the region.

Not so for air travel. Passenger numbers are down sharply from a year ago, and an initial bounce from April lows has flattened out to a steady rate that remains disastrous for the airlines.

Meanwhile, job advertising in the Seattle area is not recovering as quickly as it has statewide or across the nation.

Economy at a glance »