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Industry Pulse: The latest construction data and statistics | Dump Trucks Charlotte NC

This construction data hub is updated when any of the following five industry reports is released. These charts offer a look at the construction industry's health over the past two years.

Construction spending

While often revised in subsequent months, construction spending figures each month from the U.S. Commerce Department examine the private and public construction sectors. Within the private sector, the report tracks single-family residential, multifamily residential and nonresidential.

Latest report: October 1, 2019

Next release: November 1, 2019

Construction industry spending graph
Total spending was down 2% from August 2018. (U.S. construction spending in trillions of dollars, seasonally adjusted, revised figures)

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Construction employment

The labor shortage has consistently been a major challenge for construction companies. Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases job gains or losses in the industry and divides the figures into residential and nonresidential sectors.

Latest report: October 4, 2019

Next release: November 1, 2019

Construction industry employment graph
Industry employment improved by 2.1% year-over-year. (U.S. construction employment in thousands of employees, seasonally adjusted, revised figures)

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Construction starts

Projects are growing more complex every year, driving the values of new construction up. Dodge Data & Analytics measures the value of total U.S. construction starts each month, as well as the value of starts in nonresidential, residential and nonbuilding categories.

Latest report: October 16, 2019

Next report: November 2019

December 2018 construction starts
Construction starts have seen an overall 3% decrease in year-to-date spending, Dodge reported. (Total U.S. construction starts value in billions, seasonally adjusted annual rate)

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RLB Crane Index

Rider Levett Bucknall's Crane Index measures the number of cranes present in major North American markets each January and July. We're tracking construction activity in 10 of the largest U.S. cities RLB tracks as well as their combined crane count every six months.

Latest report: January 2019

Next report: July 2019

RLB Crane Index
RLB's January survey marks the third consecutive increase in crane counts across the cities they track and forecasts continued growth through 2019.
Kathleen Brown/Construction Dive, data from Rider Levett Bucknall

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Architecture Billings Index

The ABI, from the American Institute of Architects, serves as an indicator of future construction spending — with a lead time of about nine to 12 months — as design services lead to new commercial projects. Any mark above 50 on the ABI indicates an increase in billings.

Architectural Billings Index (ABI) graph
Declines in both billings on ongoing projects and new projects, some are considering international work, AIA reported. (Any score above 50 indicates growth).

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