Single-Family Housing Starts Decline, Permits Increase

The single-family housing market continued to show signs of slowing in April as rising mortgage rates and ongoing supply chain disruptions continue to raise housing costs and take a toll on the housing market. Due to a surge in multifamily production, overall housing starts held fairly steady, falling just 0.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.72 million units,…

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Dodge Momentum Index Higher in April

The Dodge Momentum Index (DMI) moved 6% higher in April to 164.8 (2000=100), up from the revised March reading of 155.0. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Construction Network, is a monthly measure of the initial report for nonresidential building projects in planning shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. In April, the commercial component…

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March Construction Spending Up Slightly; Highways Up Year Over Year

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that construction spending during March 2022 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,730.5 billion, 0.1% (±0.7%) above the revised February estimate of $1,728.6 billion. The March figure is 11.7% (±1.0%) above the March 2021 estimate of $1,548.6 billion.  During the first three months of this year, construction spending amounted to $376.6 billion,…

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Housing Permits Decline in March

The single-family housing market continued to show signs of softening in March as permits and starts declined due to rising mortgage interest rates and ongoing supply chain bottlenecks that continue to delay construction projects and raise home building costs. Due to strong multifamily production, overall housing starts increased 0.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.79 million units, according…

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Total Construction Starts Decline in March

Total construction starts fell 12% in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $903.8 billion, according to Dodge Construction Network. Nonresidential building starts lost 29%, in part due to the start of three large manufacturing facilities in the prior month. When those three large projects are removed, nonresidential starts in March would have risen 10%. Residential starts also fell…

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Dodge Momentum Index Moves Higher in March

The Dodge Momentum Index moved 4% higher in March to 166.9 (2000=100), up from the revised February reading of 160.3. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Construction Network, is a monthly measure of the initial report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. 

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Construction Spending Ticks Up in February

The U.S. Census Bureau reported that construction spending during February 2022 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,704.4 billion, 0.5% (±0.7%) above the revised January estimate of $1,695.5 billion. The February figure is 11.2% (±1.2%) above the February 2021 estimate of $1,533.3 billion. 

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Total Construction Starts Increase in February; Highways Flat

Total construction starts rose 9% in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.013 trillion, according to Dodge Construction Network. Nonresidential building starts swelled 32% due to the start of three large manufacturing facilities. By contrast, residential starts fell 3%, and nonbuilding starts fell by less than 1%. Without the three large manufacturing projects, total construction would have declined…

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