Monday, May 02, 2011

Construction Spending increased in March

by Calculated Risk on 5/02/2011 11:39:00 AM

The Census Bureau reported this morning that overall construction spending increased in March compared to February (seasonally adjusted).

[C]onstruction spending during March 2011 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $768.9 billion, 1.4 percent (±1.6%)* above the revised February estimate of $758.6 billion. The March figure is 6.7 percent (±1.8%) below the March 2010 estimate of $824.0 billion.
Private construction spending also increased in March:
Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $476.1 billion, 2.2 percent (±1.4%) above the revised February estimate of $466.0 billion. Residential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $229.1 billion in March, 2.6 percent (±1.3%) above the revised February estimate of $223.2 billion. Nonresidential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $247.0 billion in March, 1.8 percent (±1.4%) above the revised February estimate of $242.7 billion.
Private Construction Spending Click on graph for larger image in graph gallery.

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

Residential spending is 66% below the peak in early 2006, and non-residential spending is 40% below the peak in January 2008.

I expect residential spending to pick up a little this year (mostly multifamily) - and residential will probably be above non-residential spending by the end of the year.