Monday, August 03, 2020

Construction Spending Decreased in June

by Calculated Risk on 8/03/2020 10:19:00 AM

From the Census Bureau reported that overall construction spending decreased in June:

Construction spending during June 2020 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,355.2 billion, 0.7 percent below the revised May estimate of $1,364.7 billion. The June figure is 0.1 percent above the June 2019 estimate of $1,354.1 billion. During the first six months of this year, construction spending amounted to $667.9 billion, 5.0 percent above the $636.0 billion for the same period in 2019.
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Private spending decreased and public spending increased:
Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,001.9 billion, 0.7 percent below the revised May estimate of $1,009.0 billion. ...

In June, the estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of public construction spending was $353.3 billion, 0.7 percent below the revised May estimate of $355.8 billion.
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.

Residential spending is 21% below the previous peak.

Non-residential spending is 13% above the previous peak in January 2008 (nominal dollars).

Public construction spending is 9% above the previous peak in March 2009, and 35% above the austerity low in February 2014.

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

On a year-over-year basis, private residential construction spending is down 0.8%. Non-residential spending is down 3.2% year-over-year. Public spending is up  6.2% year-over-year.

This was below consensus expectations of a 1.3% increase in spending, however construction spending for the previous months was revised up slightly.

Construction was considered an essential service in most areas and did not decline sharply like many other sectors.