Construction Spending declined in May

Construction Spending declined in May.

by CalculatedRisk on 7/01/2011 11:40:00 AM

Catching up … this morning from the Census Bureaureported that overall construction spending decreased in May:

[C]onstruction spending during May 2011 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $753.5 billion, 0.6 percent (±1.6%)* below the revised April estimate of $757.9 billion. The May figure is 7.1 percent (±1.8%) below the May 2010 estimate of $811.2 billion.

Private construction spending also decreased in May:

Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $477.2 billion, 0.4 percent (±1.4%)* below the revised April estimate of $479.3 billion. Residential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $228.9 billion in May, 2.1 percent (±1.3%) below the revised April estimate of $233.8 billion. Nonresidential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $248.3 billion in May, 1.2 percent (±1.4%)* above the revised April estimate of $245.4 billion.

Private Construction SpendingClick on graph for larger image in graph gallery.

This graph shows private residential and nonresidential construction spending since 1993. Note: nominal dollars, not inflation adjusted.

Residential spending is 66% below the peak in early 2006, and non-residential spending is 40% below the peak in January 2008.

The small increase in non-residential in May was mostly due to power.

Construction spending is still mostly moving sideways (and a little down). I expect some pickup in residential construction spending as more multi-family units are started.

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