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Construction Materials Prices Dip in December

Construction input prices dipped 1.4 percent during the final month of 2014 and are down nearly 1 percent on a year-over-year basis, according to the Jan. 15 producer price index release from the U.S. Department of Labor. Inputs to nonresidential construction fell even farther, down 1.7 percent for the month and 1.9 percent year over year. December’s report marks the sharpest decline in input prices since late 2008 during the global financial crisis and the fifth consecutive month construction materials prices have failed to rise.
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Nonresidential Construction Hiring Surges

The U.S. construction industry added 48,000 jobs in December, including 22,800 jobs in nonresidential construction, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) preliminary estimate released Jan. 9. November’s estimate was unchanged in this release, remaining at 20,000 net new construction jobs, but nonresidential construction’s November jobs figure was upwardly revised to 7,100 jobs.
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Dips in November

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 Down Again in November

Construction input prices fell again in November, down 0.8 percent for the month, according to the Dec. 12 producer price index (PPI) release by the Department of Labor. Prices have fallen in five of the past six months but still are 0.6 percent higher on a year-over-year basis. Inputs to nonresidential construction fell 1.1 percent and are unchanged from the same time last year. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Construction Adds Nearly 5,000 Jobs in November

The U.S. construction industry added 20,000 jobs in November, with nonresidential construction contributing 4,900 of them, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary estimate released Dec. 5. October’s overall construction estimate was revised downward from 12,000 to 7,000 net new jobs and nonresidential construction lost 2,100 jobs in October, after revisions. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Construction Spending Rebounds in October

Nonresidential construction spending bounced back in October, expanding 1 percent on a monthly basis and 4.3 percent year over year, according to a Dec. 2 release from the U.S. Census Bureau.  Spending for the month totaled $611.8 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis. Additionally, the government revised the September spending figure up to $605.8 billion from $596.1 billion. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Materials Prices Dip in October

October marked the fifth consecutive month during which construction input prices have failed to rise. Inputs to construction industries were down 0.9 percent for the month but expanded 1 percent on a year-over-year basis, according to a Nov. 17 producer price index (PPI) release from the U.S. Department of Labor. Inputs to nonresidential construction fell 1.1 percent for the month but are 0.5 percent higher than at the same time last year. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Construction Employment Slips in October

The U.S. construction industry added 12,000 jobs in October, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) preliminary estimate released Nov. 7. September’s estimate was revised upward from 16,000 to 19,000 net new jobs. Nonresidential construction slipped in October, losing 1,900 jobs on a monthly basis. 
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Slips for Second Consecutive Month

Nonresidential construction spending slipped 1 percent in September but has still managed to expand 4.2 percent on a year-over-year basis, according to the Nov. 1 release from the U.S. Census Bureau. Spending for the month totaled $596.1 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis while the government slightly upwardly revised the August spending figure from $603.7 billion to $601.9 billion.
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GDP Report Shows Increasing Positivity for Nonresidential Construction

Nonresidential fixed investment grew 5.5 percent in the third quarter after expanding 9.7 percent in the second quarter, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ Oct. 30 gross domestic product (GDP) report. It has now expanded by greater than 5 percent in four of the past five quarters. In addition, investment in equipment increased 7.2 percent, while investment in nonresidential structures increased 3.8 percent. 
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