Monday, March 02, 2009

Construction Spending: Non-Residential Cliff Diving

by Calculated Risk on 3/02/2009 10:01:00 AM

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.

Residential construction spending is still declining, and now nonresidential spending has peaked and will probably decline sharply over the next 18 months to two years.

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

Nonresidential spending is now at the year ago level and will turn strongly negative going forward. Residential construction spending is still declining, although the YoY change will probably be less negative going forward.

These are two key stories for 2009: the collapse in private non-residential construction, and the probably bottom for residential construction spending.

From the Census Bureau: January 2009 Construction at $986.2 Billion Annual Rate

Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $682.6 billion, 3.7 percent (±1.1%) below the revised December estimate of $709.0 billion. Residential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $291.5 billion in January, 2.9 percent (±1.3%) below the revised December estimate of $300.3 billion. Nonresidential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $391.0 billion in January, 4.3 percent (±1.1%) below the revised December estimate of $408.7 billion.