Construction spending rises 0.6 percent in August to $915 billion

October 23, 2013

shutterstock_984469521U.S. construction spending rose 0.6 percent in August to its highest mark since April 2009, according to a report from our sister site, Equipment World.

The figures come from preliminary data from the Commerce Department, which show that total construction spending reached $915 billion in August — a 7.1-percent gain over August 2012.

The report was scheduled to be released at the beginning of October, but the 16-day federal government shutdown delayed all reports until the government reopened last Wednesday.

Public construction spending saw its fourth consecutive month of gains, rising 0.4 percent to $274.5 billion. Private construction rose 0.7 percent to $640.5 billion — its highest mark since January 2009.

Residential spending increased 1.3 percent to $346.4 billion, while nonresidential increased 0.2 percent to $568.5 billion.

Private residential construction spending was up 1.2 percent to $340.2 billion, and private nonresidential rose 0.1 percent to $300.2 billion.

Public residential construction spending rose 4.3 percent to $6.2 billion, while public nonresidential spending rose 0.3 percent to $268.2 billion.

View July 2013 figures here.

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