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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