Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Construction Spending increases in April

by Bill McBride on 6/01/2010 10:30:00 AM

Overall construction spending increased in April, and private construction spending, both residential and non-residential, also increased in April. From the Census Bureau: April 2010 Construction at $847.3 Billion Annual Rate

The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced today that construction spending during April 2010 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $869.1 billion, 2.7 percent (±1.4%) above the revised March estimate of $845.9 billion. The April figure is 10.5 percent (±1.6%) below the April 2009 estimate of $971.4 billion. ... Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $565.8 billion, 2.9 percent (±1.1%) above the revised March estimate of $549.7 billion.
Construction Spending Click on graph for larger image in new window.

The first graph shows private residential and nonresidential construction spending since 1993. Note: nominal dollars, not inflation adjusted.

Private residential construction spending appears to have bottomed in early 2009, but has been mostly moving sideways since then. Residential spending is now 61% below the peak of early 2006.

Private non-residential construction spending is now 29% below the peak of late 2008.

Construction Spending YoYThe second graph shows the year-over-year change for private residential and nonresidential construction spending.

Nonresidential spending is off 24.6% on a year-over-year (YoY) basis.

Residential construction spending is now up 4.1% from a year ago (easy comparison), and will probably decline slightly later this year.

Private residential spending will probably exceed non-residential spending later this year - mostly because of continued declines in non-residential spending. Private construction will be a weak sector for some time.