Construction Starts Increase in August; Highways Surge

Total construction starts rose 6% in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.3 trillion, according to Dodge Construction Network. Nonresidential starts rose 40% thanks to a large pickup in manufacturing and transportation buildings. Residential and nonbuilding starts fell 1% and 14%, respectively. Highway and bridge starts jumped 19%. Year-to-date through August 2023, total construction starts were 5% below…

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Construction Spending in August Rises for Month, Year

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, construction spending during August 2023 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,983.5 billion, 0.5% (±1.2%) above the revised July estimate of $1,973.7 billion. The August figure is 7.4% (±1.8%) above the August 2022 estimate of $1,847.3 billion. During the first eight months of this year, construction spending amounted to $1,284.7 billion,…

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Cement Shipments Continue Slight Decline

Total shipments of portland and blended cement, including imports, in the United States and Puerto Rico in July 2023 were an estimated 9.3 million metric tons (Mt), a slight decrease from shipments in July 2022, according to the most recent USGS Mineral Industry Survey. Of total blended tonnage reported in July 2023, 4.9 Mt (98%) was estimated to be portland-limestone cement…

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Construction Spending Ticks Upward; Highways Down Slightly

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, construction spending during June 2023 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,938.4 billion, 0.5% (±0.5%) above the revised May estimate of $1,929.6 billion. The June figure is 3.5% (±1.3%) above the June 2022 estimate. During the first six months of this year, construction spending amounted to $917.4 billion, 3.0% (±1.0%) above…

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Total Construction Starts Slip

Total construction starts fell 4% in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.04 trillion, according to Dodge Construction Network. Nonresidential starts led the drop as manufacturing fell 22% following strong performance in March. To balance the decline, nonbuilding starts rose 7%, and residential building stats gained 12%. On a year-to-date basis through April, total construction starts were 7%…

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Dodge Momentum Index Dips in January

The Dodge Momentum Index (DMI), issued by Dodge Construction Network, fell 8.4% in January to 201.5 (2000=100) from the revised December reading of 220.0. In January, the commercial component of the DMI fell 10.0%, and the institutional component receded 4.7%.  “The Dodge Momentum Index weakened in January, after 10 consecutive months of gains. While planning activity slowed, the Index remains…

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Construction Spending Up 10.2% in 2022

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, construction spending during December 2022 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,809.8 billion, 0.4% (± 0.8%) below the revised November estimate. The December figure is 7.7% (±1.2%) above the December 2021 estimate. The value of construction in 2022 was $1,792.9 billion, 10.2% (±0.8%) above the $1,626.4 billion spent in 2021. In…

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