• $3.3 billion: Amount taxable sales in California have dropped, a 2.3 percent decline between the second quarter of 2007 and the same period in 2008, according to the State Board of Equalization.
4: Number of quarters in a row that taxable sales have declined, the first time that’s happened since 2002.
• 9.4 percent: U.S. unemployment rate in May, the highest in more than 25 years.
• 5.29 percent: What average rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages rose to this week, from 4.91 percent a week earlier. That’s the highest weekly average in nearly six months and the first time rates were above
5 percent since March.