Construction Spending Hit 3-year High in September

November 2, 2012

Construction spending in September climbed to a nearly three-year high at an annualized rate of $852 billion, as increased spending on houses, apartments and private nonresidential projects outweighed a continuing downturn in public construction, according to an analysis of new federal data released by the AGC.

Association officials said they expect both the public and private trends to continue despite the disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy.

“It is heartening to see the growth in total spending, but the progress remains fragile and fragmentary,” said Ken Simonson, AGC's chief economist, noting that construction spending had dipped the previous month and that spending in several categories remains lower than in September 2011. “In the wake of the massive losses from this week’s storm, many construction priorities will be reordered, but overall private and public spending patterns are likely to stick unless federal and state lawmakers devote more funds to construction.”

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