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Nonresidential Fixed Investment Expands 5.5 Percent During Robust Second Quarter

Nonresidential fixed investment expanded 5.5 percent and residential fixed investment expanded 7.5 percent during the second quarter of 2014 according to a July 30 release by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Overall, real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 4 percent (seasonally adjusted annual rate) during the second quarter of 2014 following a 2.1 percent decrease (revised from -2.9 percent) in the first quarter.  
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Construction Materials Prices Inch Higher in June

Overall construction materials prices increased by 0.1 percent in June and are up 1.9 percent year over year, according to the July 16 producer price index release by the U.S. Department of Labor. Nonresidential construction materials prices also expanded 0.1 percent for the month and are 1.4 percent higher than one year ago. 
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Construction Adds Jobs in June But Nonresidential Growth is Sluggish

The U.S. construction industry added 6,000 jobs in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) July 3 report; however, nonresidential construction added only 700 of those jobs and the heavy and civil engineering sector lost 700 jobs.
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Continues to Expand in May

Nonresidential construction spending expanded in May for the second consecutive month (based on revised data), according to a July 1 release from the U.S. Census Bureau. Nonresidential construction spending rose 1.1 percent on a monthly basis in May and has increased 6.4 percent on a year-over-year basis. Spending for the month totaled $596.2 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis. Additionally, nonresidential construction spending for April was revised upward from $570.6 billion to $589.9 billion.
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Construction Materials Prices Flat in May

Overall construction materials prices remained flat in May but are up 1.6 percent year over year according to the June 13 Producer Price Index release supplied by the Department of Labor.  Nonresidential construction materials prices fell 0.2 percent for the month but are 1.3 percent higher than at the same time one year ago. 
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Nonresidential Construction Employment Declines in May

The U.S. construction industry only gained 6,000 jobs in May, according to the June 6 employment report by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Nonresidential construction segments lost 500 jobs in May, a surprising departure from the 12,600 jobs (revised) added in April. The residential sector performed slightly better, adding 3,300 jobs for the month. The heavy and civil engineering sector added 3,200 jobs in May and has added an impressive 32,600 jobs in the past 12 months.
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Expands in April

Nonresidential construction spending inched up in April and has now expanded for two consecutive months, according to the June 2 release by the U.S. Census Bureau. Nonresidential construction spending expanded by 0.4 percent on a monthly basis in April and has risen 3.9 percent on a year-over-year basis. Spending for the month totaled $570.6 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis.
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Construction Materials Prices Increase for Fifth Consecutive Month

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

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

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 »