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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Construction Spending decreased in July

by Calculated Risk on 9/04/2012 11:40:00 AM

Catching up ... This morning the Census Bureau reported that overall construction spending decreased in July:

The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced today that construction spending during July 2012 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $834.4 billion, 0.9 percent below the revised June estimate of $842.2 billion. The July figure is 9.3 percent above the July 2011 estimate of $763.5 billion.
Both private construction spending and public spending declined:
Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $558.7 billion, 1.2 percent below the revised June estimate of $565.6 billion. ... In July, the estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of public construction spending was $275.7 billion, 0.4 percent below the revised June estimate of $276.7 billion.
Private Construction Spending Click on graph for larger image.

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

Private residential spending is 61% below the peak in early 2006, and up 19% from the recent low. Non-residential spending is 29% below the peak in January 2008, and up about 30% from the recent low.

Public construction spending is now 15% below the peak in March 2009 and near the post-bubble low.

Private Construction SpendingThe second graph shows the year-over-year change in construction spending.

On a year-over-year basis, private residential construction spending is now up 19%. Non-residential spending is also up year-over-year mostly due to energy spending (power and electric). Public spending is still down year-over-year, although it now appears public construction spending is moving sideways.

The slight decline in residential construction spending in July followed several months of solid gains. The solid year-over-year increase in private residential investment is a positive for the economy (the increase in 2010 was related to the tax credit).
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