Nonresidential Construction Maintains Momentum in December, ABC Says

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nonresidential construction spending expanded 0.8 percent in December, totaling $720.4 billion on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to Associated Builders and Contractors’ analysis of data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. This represents the fifth consecutive month during which the pace of nonresidential spending has increased. Nonresidential spending expanded 0.1 percent on a year-over-year basis and sits at its highest level since March. Private nonresidential construction spending increased 1.1 percent for the month, but is down 2.5 percent year over year, while public nonresidential spending increased 0.4 percent for the month and 4.4 percent for the year. … Read more

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Construction Spending Up in September, Down on YOY Basis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nonresidential construction spending rose .5 percent in September, totaling $698.1 billion on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau. However, nonresidential construction spending is down 2.9 percent on a year-over-year basis, with construction spending related to manufacturing down 20.3 percent since September 2016. August and July nonresidential spending totals were revised upwards by a collective $11 billion, however. “There is a lot of positive news about the U.S. economy right now,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “The nation has added nearly 1.8 million net … Read more

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National Construction Unemployment Rate Ticks Up to 4.9 Percent in July

WASHINGTON, Wash. – The national not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in July, up 0.4 percent from a year ago, but still the third lowest July rate on record—matching the July 2001 rate, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Unemployment rates increased in 34 states on a year-over-year basis, but the construction industry employed 186,000 more workers than in July 2016, according to an analysis released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. Rates fell in 14 states and were unchanged in two. Because these industry-specific rates are not seasonally adjusted, national and state-level unemployment rates are … Read more

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Construction Firms Add 19,000 Jobs in November, Drop in Infrastructure Spending Slows Growth

Construction employers added 19,000 jobs in November, reaching the highest employment level since November 2008, but a drop in public sector investments in construction projects held down employment among heavy and civil engineering firms, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that recent construction spending numbers show a decline in most categories of infrastructure investment. “This report shows the construction industry has the capacity to handle additional infrastructure work even as private nonresidential projects, apartments and homebuilding continue to go up,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “The industry would be adding … Read more

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