October Construction Spending Goes Up

The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce has announced that construction spending during October 2012 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $872.1 billion, 1.4 percent (±2 percent) above the revised September estimate of $860.4 billion. The October figure is 9.6 percent (±2.3 percent) above the October 2011 estimate of $795.7 billion.

During the first 10 months of this year, construction spending amounted to $707.4 billion, 9.3 percent (±1.3 percent) above the $646.9 billion for the same period in 2011.

Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $592.1 billion, 1.6 percent (±1.5 percent) above the revised September estimate of $582.7 billion. Residential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $294.2 billion in October, 3 percent (±1.3 percent) above the revised September estimate of $285.7 billion. Nonresidential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $297.9 billion in October, 0.3 percent (±1.5 percent) above the revised September estimate of $297.0 billion.

In October, the estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of public construction spending was $280.1 billion, 0.8 percent (±3.1 percent) above the revised September estimate of $277.7 billion. Educational construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $69.3 billion, 0.9 percent (±5.6 percent) above the revised September estimate of $68.6 billion. Highway construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $76.7 billion, 2.4 percent (±7.2 percent) below the revised September estimate of $78.6 billion.

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