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HomeNewsEconomyConstruction Spending Down 0.6% for December, Up 1.6% Year-Over-Year

Construction Spending Down 0.6% for December, Up 1.6% Year-Over-Year

New residential construction, hew homes, housing starts, building permits, depicted on blueprints. (Photo: AdobeStock)
New residential construction, hew homes, housing starts, building permits, depicted on blueprints. (Photo: AdobeStock)
New residential construction, hew homes, housing starts, building permits, depicted on blueprints. (Photo: AdobeStock)

Construction spending was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,292.7 billion, down 0.6% (±1.0%) from the revised November estimate of $1,300.6 billion. Still, this is 1.6% (±1.2%) higher year-over-year.

December 2017 was $1,272.6 billion.

The consensus forecast was looking for a gain of 0.3%, ranging from a low of -0.3% to a high of 0.8%. The gain in November was initially reported as at a solid gain fo 0.8%.

Still, the value of construction in 2018 was $1,297.7 billion, 4.1% (±1.0%) higher than the $1,246.0 spent in 2017.

Private Construction

Spending on private construction was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $991.2 billion, 0.6% (±0.7%)* below the revised November estimate of $997.1 billion.

Residential construction was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $536.7 billion in December, or 1.4% (±1.3%) below the revised November estimate of $544.2 billion.

Nonresidential construction was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $454.5 billion in December, which is 0.4% (±0.7%)* higher than the revised November estimate of $452.9 billion.

The value of private construction in 2018 was $995.6 billion, 3.4% (±1.2%) higher than the $962.8 billion spent in 2017. Residential construction in 2018 was $542.3 billion, 3.3% (±2.1 percent) more than the 2017 figure of $524.9 billion. Nonresidential construction was $453.4 billion, 3.5% (±1.2%) above the $437.8 billion in 2017.

Public Construction

The estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of public construction spending was $301.5 billion in December, 0.6% (±1.6%) less than the revised November estimate of $303.5 billion.

Educational construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $77.5 billion, unchanged (±1.5 percent) from the revised November estimate of $77.5 billion.

Highway construction was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $89.1 billion, 0.9% (±4.3%) less than the revised November estimate of $89.9 billion.

The value of public construction in 2018 was $302.0 billion, 6.6% (±1.8%) above the $283.2 billion spent in 2017.

Educational construction in 2018 was $73.6 billion, 3.8% (±3.5%) above the 2017 figure of $71.0 billion and highway construction was $92.6 billion, 4.2% (±3.9%) above the $88.9 billion in 2017.

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