Construction Employment Bounces Back in April After March Decline

May 9, 2018

Construction employment maintained its positive growth rate of 3.7% over the past year after pushing forward in April with an addition of 17,000 net jobs. Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., (ABC) released its analysis of the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which showed a redeeming increase last month, following a steep decline in March.

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55+ Housing Market Builder Confidence Drops from Record High

May 8, 2018

Just as the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) was showing substantial improvement, builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market took a five-point dive during the first quarter of 2018. The latest HMI was recorded at 66, falling from its record-high 71 at the conclusion of 2017.

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Nonresidential Construction Growth Still Possible, Despite March Decline

May 2, 2018

Stormy weather and job losses in the construction sector are believed to have contributed to the March decline in nonresidential construction spending, according to the latest release from Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC). Following February’s modest gain, nonresidential construction spending declined by 0.3% in March but increased 2.5% year-over-year (YOY).

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Construction Costs Show No Slowing Down

April 27, 2018

Construction costs continue to reach new highs in the latest IHS Markit PEG Engineering and Construction Cost Index. The index increased 4.1 points to a reading of 61.8 in April, marking the 18th straight month of increased pricing (reading over 50).

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Existing Home Sales Down Year-Over-Year

April 24, 2018

Limited supply and rising prices are believed to have contributed to the latest existing-home sales numbers for March, as the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported a year-over-year (YoY) decline despite a modest increase over February.

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Multifamily Housing Lifts March Construction Starts

April 19, 2018

Multifamily housing construction is paving a promising path for overall housing starts, following a National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) report this month that showed a 1.9% increase from February. Although the bigger picture was described as a “small gain,” multifamily construction jumped 14.4%—a high that hasn’t been seen in more than a year.

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Builder Confidence Still High Despite April Decline

April 16, 2018

Builder confidence has slowed yet still remains in positive territory, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Confidence for newly-built single-family homes slipped one point in April to a reading of 69. This is the fourth-straight drop in the index, stated a release from Wells Fargo Securities.

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Construction Spending Forecasted to Increase in 2018

April 13, 2018

Construction spending is expected to outpace its 2017 rate this year, according to the FMI Construction Outlook 2018 First Quarter Report. The forecast predicts engineering and construction spending to end 2018 up 7% in the U.S. compared to 4% last year.

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Trade Disputes Loom Over Future of Construction Material Prices

April 11, 2018

As economists question the impact of U.S. trade disputes on various sectors, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported rising construction material input prices for March, noting increases in the price of steel/iron and softwood lumber. In its report on April 10, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) said construction material prices were nearly 6% higher than this time last year, with a 0.8% expansion over February.

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Dodge Momentum Index Strong in First Quarter

April 9, 2018

The Dodge Momentum Index from Dodge Data & Analytics continued its solid start to 2018 in March at a level of 155. That’s more than 6% higher than the revised February reading of 146. The index measures nonresidential building projects in the planning stage and is a leading indicator to nonresidential construction spending over the next 12 months.

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