Total Construction Starts Decline in August

Highway Starts were Lower for the Month, But Up for the Year. By Mark S. Kuhar Total construction starts fell 9% in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $782.8 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. All three sectors lost ground during the month: nonbuilding starts were down 2%, residential starts were 9% lower, and nonresidential building starts…

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Total Construction Starts Rebound in September

Total construction starts rose 10% in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $889.7 billion, according to Dodge Construction Network. All three sectors improved: nonresidential building starts rose 15%, residential starts moved 9% higher, and nonbuilding starts increased by 6%.

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Construction Spending Flat in August; Highways Up

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that construction spending during August 2021 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,584.1 billion, virtually unchanged from (±1.0%) the revised July estimate of $1,584.0 billion. The August figure is 8.9% (±1.5%) above the August 2020 estimate of $1,455.0 billion. During the first eight months of this year, construction spending amounted to $1,034.5 billion, 7.0%…

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Total Housing Starts Rise in August

Strong multifamily production helped push overall housing starts up in August as single-family starts edged lower due to ongoing supply chain issues and labor challenges. Total starts increased 3.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.62 million units, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Total Construction Starts Decline in August

Total construction starts fell 9% in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $782.8 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. All three sectors lost ground during the month: nonbuilding starts were down 2%, residential starts were 9% lower, and nonresidential building starts fell 13%.

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Dodge Momentum Index Drops in August

The Dodge Momentum Index dropped 3% in August to 148.7 (2000=100) from the revised July reading of 154.0. 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 a full year. 

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FIRST LOOK – September 2021

TOP NEWS Senate Passes $1 Trillion Infrastructure BillThe Senate passed a roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal, a significant win for the aggregates and construction industries. Vulcan Material: Revenues on the Rise Vulcan Materials Co. announced results for the quarter ended June 30, reporting total second-quarter revenues of $1,361.0 million versus $1,322.6 million in the second quarter of 2020. Year-to-date revenues…

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