Total Construction Starts Fall in August

Total construction starts fell 9% in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.25 trillion, according to Dodge Construction Network. The decline, however, comes on the heels of a massive increase in July that saw the start of three large manufacturing plants and two LNG export facilities. In August, nonresidential building starts rose 7%, residential starts were 1% higher,…

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Single-Family Permits Decline

Over the first seven months of 2022, the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date (YTD) nationwide reached 645,877. On a year-over-year (YoY) basis, this is a 5.3% decline over the July 2021 level of 681,949. It takes 400 tons of aggregates to construct the average modern home, according to the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association. Year-to-date ending in…

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Construction Spending Down in July; Highways Up

The U.S. Census Bureau reported that construction spending during July 2022 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,777.3 billion, 0.4% (±0.8%) below the revised June estimate of $1,784.3 billion. The July figure is 8.5% (±1.3%) above the July 2021 estimate of $1,637.3 billion. During the first seven months of this year, construction spending amounted to $1,013.7 billion,…

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Housing Starts Weaken in July 

A sharp decline in single-family home construction is another indicator that the housing slowdown is showing no signs of abating, as rising construction costs, elevated mortgage rates and supply chain disruptions continue to act as a drag on the market. Overall housing starts fell 9.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.45 million units in July, according to a…

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New Home Sales Fall to Lowest Pace in More than Six Years

In a further sign that the housing market continues to weaken, new home sales in July fell to their lowest level since January 2016. The tepid sales pace matches declining builder confidence since the beginning of the year as the industry grapples with supply chain disruptions that are delaying new home building projects and raising housing costs as mortgage interest…

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Construction Starts, Highways Surge Higher in July

Total construction starts rose 48% in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.36 trillion, according to Dodge Construction Network. This gain results from the start of three large manufacturing plants and two LNG export facilities. However, even without these projects, total construction starts would still have increased 7%. Nonresidential building starts rose 79% in July, and nonbuilding starts jumped 120%. Conversely, residential…

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Construction Spending Up Year-Over-Year; Highways Down

The U.S. Census Bureau reported that construction spending during June 2022 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,762.3 billion, 1.1% (±1.0%) below the revised May estimate of $1,781.9 billion. The June figure is 8.3%(±1.5%) above the June 2021 estimate of $1,628.0 billion. 

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