Monday, January 03, 2011

Private Construction Spending increases in November

by Calculated Risk on 1/03/2011 10:59:00 AM

The Census Bureau reported overall construction spending increased in November compared to October.

[C]onstruction spending during November 2010 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $810.2 billion, 0.4 percent (±1.6%)* above the revised October estimate of $806.7 billion.
Private construction spending also increased in November:
Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $491.8 billion, 0.3 percent (±1.1%)* above the revised October estimate of $490.5 billion.
Private Construction Spending Click on graph for larger image in new window.

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

Private residential spending increased in November; private non-residential construction spending is still declining.

Residential spending is 65% below the peak early 2006, and non-residential spending is 38% below the peak in January 2008.

Sometime this year (in 2011), residential construction spending will probably pass non-residential spending. Although I expect the recovery in residential spending to be sluggish, Residential investment will probably make a positive contribution to GDP growth in 2011 for the first time since 2005.