Construction spending slows, but still up over last year

Published on Monday, 7 August 2017 21:16
Written by Angie DeRosa

Staff Writer

A recent analysis of new government data found that construction spending in June declined from May, but increased from a year ago, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

Association officials said this is due to public investment decreasing.

“Construction spending is still increasing overall but growth has become much more uneven across categories in recent months,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “There has been a steep decline in public investment in nearly all types of construction over the past year.”

In June, construction spending in the country totaled $1.206 trillion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, down 1.3 percent from May and up 1.6 percent from last year.

Simonson said every public spending category recorded a decrease for the month, and almost all were lower than a year ago.

Public construction spending decreased 5.4 percent from the previous month and 9.5 percent from June 2016 to June 2017. The spending rate in June was the lowest seasonally adjusted rate since February 2014.

Highway and street construction decreased 8.1 percent.

However, private nonresidential spending increased by 0.1 percent for the month and 1.1 percent for the year.

Power construction faced a drop of 5.4 percent, while commercial increased 13.8 percent.

Manufacturing construction declined 7.7 percent for the year, and private office construction increased by 12.6.

Private residential construction spending decreased slightly by 0.2 percent between May and June 2017, but overall gained 9.2 percent within the last year.

Association officials urge Congress and the Trump administration to pass legislation to fund and finance needed upgrades to the nation’s aging infrastructure. They said these investments are needed to protect against further deterioration and would aid in increasing the need for construction..

Posted in The Bristol Press, General News, Manufacturing on Monday, 7 August 2017 21:16. Updated: Monday, 7 August 2017 21:18.