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Construction Economics

Nonresidential Construction Spending Dips in November

Friday, January 2, 2015 12:46 PM
Nonresidential construction spending fell 1 percent on a monthly basis in November, but has still managed to expand 4 percent on a year-over-year basis according to the January 2nd release from the U.S. Census Bureau. Spending for the month totaled $617 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis. Moreover, the government revised the October spending figure up from $611.8 billion to $622.9 billion. 
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Construction Materials Prices Increase for Fifth Consecutive Month

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 10:33 AM
Overall construction materials prices increased 0.4 percent in April and are up 1.5 percent year over year, according to the May 14 Producer Price Index released by the U.S. Department of Labor. Nonresidential construction material prices were up 0.5 percent for the month and are 1.4 percent higher than the same time last year. 
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Employment Report Surpasses Expectations in April

Friday, May 2, 2014 2:06 PM
The U.S. construction industry gained 32,000 jobs in April, according to the May 2 employment report by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Nonresidential construction segments added 8,100 jobs in April, up from the 5,700 jobs (revised) added in March, while the residential sector continued to build momentum, adding 13,100 jobs for the month. Heavy and civil engineering led the way by adding 10,500 jobs in April. The segment has added an impressive 34,900 jobs in the past 12 months.
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Inches Down in March

Thursday, May 1, 2014 1:51 PM
Nonresidential construction spending inched down in March, making it the third consecutive month in which spending declined. Nonresidential construction spending fell 0.1 percent on a monthly basis in March but has risen 4.4 percent on a yearly basis according to a May 1 release by the U.S. Census Bureau. Spending for the month totaled $568.5 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Fixed Investment Declines 2.1 Percent in Disappointing First Quarter GDP Report

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 11:36 AM
Nonresidential fixed investment decreased 2.1 percent and residential fixed investment fell 5.7 percent during the first quarter, according to an April 30 release by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Overall, real gross domestic product (GDP) expanded just 0.1 percent (seasonally adjusted annual rate) during the first quarter of 2014 following a 2.6 percent increase in the fourth quarter of last year.  
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Construction Materials Prices Up 0.5 Percent in March

Friday, April 11, 2014 1:02 PM
Construction materials prices expanded 0.5 percent in March and are up 1.1 percent from March of last year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s April 11 producer price index release. Nonresidential construction materials prices are up 0.4 percent for the month and are 1 percent higher than the same time one year ago. 
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Jobs Report Meets Expectations in March

Friday, April 4, 2014 12:08 PM
The U.S. construction industry gained 19,000 jobs in March, while the construction unemployment rate fell to 11.3 percent (non-seasonally adjusted) according to the April 4 employment report by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Nonresidential construction segments added 6,700 jobs in March, a marked improvement from the 2,800 jobs (revised) added in February. The improvement led the construction unemployment rate to fall from 12.8 percent in February and 14.7 percent in March 2013. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Construction Spending Inches Higher

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 3:41 PM
The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that nonresidential construction spending increased 0.6 percent in February and has risen 6.1 percent since February 2013. The gains follow nonresidential construction spending declines in both January and December. Spending for the month totaled $580.5 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis.

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Level of Confidence Rises Among Contractors

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:51 AM
Gains in the Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) Construction Confidence Index (CCI) indicate that contractor confidence expanded as 2013 wound to a close, particularly with respect to near-term industry profit margins and staffing levels.  The CCI measures construction prospects along three dimensions – revenues, profit margins and hiring.  All three indices remained above the threshold value of 50, which indicates growth, and each is up on a year-over-year basis.
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Construction Materials Prices Expand Again in February

Friday, March 14, 2014 12:52 PM
Construction materials prices expanded 0.7 percent in February and are up 0.6 percent over the past year, according to the March 14 producer price index release by the Department of Labor.  More specifically, nonresidential construction materials prices are up 0.7 percent for the month and are 0.4 percent higher than the same time one year ago. 
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