About the Author

Rhea Thomas

Senior Economist

Rhea is a Senior Economist at Wilmington Trust, responsible for monitoring and analyzing economic developments in domestic and international economies.

Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, Rhea served as Vice President in Foreign Exchange Sales at Lehman Brothers, where she provided primary sales coverage to institutional clients. Earlier in her career, she focused on foreign exchange research, where she helped to build models and write publications to explain currency market movements and trade ideas.

Rhea holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Studies with Distinction from Yale University.


By the Author

The Housing Market and the Recession: This Time Really is Different, But Will it Last?

Rhea Thomas |
Wilmington Wire
Chainarong Prasertthai

October 16, 2020—The housing market’s role as one of the key drivers of the current recovery has been notable and stands in stark contrast to its role as a key driver of the last recession (2008–2009). The housing market’s surprising resilience is due in part to pandemic-induced demand for housing, in addition to ultra-low interest rates and pre-pandemic demographic trends.

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Labor Market Hitting a Speed Bump, Still Expecting a Winding Road Ahead

Rhea Thomas |
Wilmington Wire
JariJ

August 11, 2020—Over the past few months, the labor market has started the process of recovery after a sharp downward lurch in the aftermath of pandemic-induced shutdowns. The July employment report showed a third month of job gains, but at a slower pace relative to May and June, and was the first of a number of speed bumps we expect in the months ahead. We look for the recovery to continue, but not necessarily in a straight line.

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