Industry Pulse: The Latest Construction Data and Statistics - Sachse Construction
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Industry Pulse: The Latest Construction Data and Statistics

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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