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Construction Economic Update

Nonresidential Construction Adds Nearly 5,000 Jobs in November

Friday, December 5, 2014 11:01 AM
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

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 11:35 AM
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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 11:15 AM
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

Friday, November 7, 2014 10:54 AM
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

Monday, November 3, 2014 12:49 PM
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

Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:37 PM
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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Construction Materials Prices Inch Down in September

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 11:17 AM
Construction materials prices inched down 0.1 in September, but rose 1.6 percent compared to the same time last year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Oct. 15 Producer Price Index. Prices for inputs to construction industries have remained unchanged from June to August—the longest such period since the price index for construction inputs began in 1986. Inputs to nonresidential construction fell 0.2 percent for the month, but were 1 percent higher than in September 2013. 
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Nonresidential Construction Employment Remains Modest in September

Friday, October 3, 2014 9:39 AM
The U.S. construction industry added 16,000 jobs in September, according to the Oct. 3 Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary estimate released. The August estimate was revised downward from 20,000 to 16,000 net new jobs. Nonresidential construction added 3,200 jobs in September, accounting for only 20 percent of the total gain in construction employment. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Construction Spending Falters in August

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 12:47 PM
Nonresidential construction spending slipped in August, according to an Oct. 1 release from the U.S. Census Bureau. Nonresidential construction spending shrank 1.2 percent on a monthly basis in August, but has still managed to expand 6 percent on a year-over-year basis. Spending for the month totaled $603.7 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis. The government also revised the July spending figure down from $617.8 billion to $611.3 billion.
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No Change for Construction Materials Prices in August

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 11:25 AM
Construction materials prices were unchanged in August but are 1.7 percent higher than this time last year, according to a Sept. 16 producer price index (PPI) release by the Department of Labor. Inputs to nonresidential construction, which also remained unchanged in August, are 1 percent higher than in August of 2013. 
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