Total Construction Starts Slip in June; Highways Down

Total construction starts lost 7% in June, slipping to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $863.6 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. All three major sectors (residential, nonresidential building, and nonbuilding) pulled back during the month. Single-family housing starts are feeling the detrimental effects of rising materials prices. Large projects that broke ground in May were absent in June for nonresidential building and…

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Dodge Momentum Index Falls in May

Following six months of consecutive gains, the Dodge Momentum Index fell to 165.8 (2000=100) in June, down 5% from the revised May reading of 175.1. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by…

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New Study Touts Impact of Infrastructure, Education, Child-Care

President Biden and a bipartisan group of senators agreed to a compromise deal on a partial infrastructure deal, and a new study from the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College projects a significant increase in the growth rate in 2021 as a result. Infrastructure, education and families proposals, if enacted, will have positive macroeconomic benefits. 

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Total Construction Falls in May as Housing Stumbles

Total construction starts dropped 1% in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $902.8 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The brunt of the decline was borne by residential starts, while nonresidential and nonbuilding starts continued their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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