February Construction Starts Down; Highways Up

Total construction starts fell 2% in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $797.3 billion. Nonbuilding construction starts posted a solid gain after rebounding from a weak January, however, residential and nonresidential building starts declined, leading to a pullback in overall activity. The Dodge Index fell 2% in February, to 169 (2000=100) from January’s 171.

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Construction Starts End 2020 on a Decline

Total construction starts lost 5% in December, falling to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $784.3 billion. Nonresidential building starts fell 11% during the month, while nonbuilding starts were 5% lower. Residential starts were essentially flat over the month. Starts were lower in three of the four regions in December; the South Central was the only region to post an increase.

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Construction Spending Rises; Highways Tick Higher

Construction spending increased from January to February and from a year ago, as private residential and public construction grew for the month and private-sector demand increased for the year, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the February data indicates the need for Congress and the Trump administration to work together to reform…

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February Construction Spending Dips Slightly

The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced that construction spending during February 2016 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,144.0 billion, 0.5 percent (±1.6 percent) below the revised January estimate of $1,150.1 billion. The February figure is 10.3 percent (±2.1 percent) above the February 2015 estimate of $1,037.5 billion.

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October Construction Spending Inches Up; Highways Higher

The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced that construction spending during October 2015 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,107.4 billion, 1.0 percent (±1.8 percent) above the revised September estimate of $1,096.6 billion. The October figure is 13.0 percent (±2.5 percent) above the October 2014 estimate of $979.6 billion.

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Construction Spending Rises; Highways Tick Upward

The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced that construction spending during September 2015 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,094.2 billion, 0.6 percent (±1.8 percent) above the revised August estimate of $1,087.5 billion. The September figure is 14.1 percent (±2.1 percent) above the September 2014 estimate of $959.2 billion.

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