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Residential Building

Residential building, at $209.5 billion (annual rate), increased 3 percent in October. Single-family housing grew 2 percent, rebounding after slipping 2 percent in September. The dollar amount for single family housing in October was up 12 percent from the start of the year, as this category returned to the gradual yet steady upward trend that’s been present for most of 2013.

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Nonresidential Building

Nonresidential building in October climbed 20 percent to $216.9 billion (annual rate). Manufacturing plant construction soared 147 percent, led by the start of these three projects – a $1.7 billion fertilizer plant in Iowa, a $1.7 billion natural gas processing plant in West Virginia, and a $1.5 billion gasification plant in Louisiana that will produce industrial liquid and gas products from petroleum coke.

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Nonbuilding Construction

Nonbuilding construction dropped 6 percent in October to $159.2 billion (annual rate). The decline was the result of a sharp downturn for electric utility construction, which fell 75 percent in October after experiencing a brief spike in activity during September.

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