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ABC's Construction Economic Update covers the latest commercial and industrial construction economic news. Delivered electronically, it provides an analysis of the monthly economic indices released by the federal government, including construction spending, employment, the producer price index and the quarterly gross domestic product.  

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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 »

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

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

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

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 »