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Construction Spending Rises in October


The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced that construction spending during October 2013 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $908.4 billion, 0.8 percent (±1.8 percent) above the September estimate of $901.2 billion. The October figure is 5.3 percent (±2.1 percent) above the October 2012 estimate of $863.1 billion.

Highway construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $83.3 billion, 0.6 percent (±6.9 percent) above the September estimate of $82.8 billion.

In October, the estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of public construction spending was $282.7 billion, 3.9 percent (±3.0 percent) above the September estimate of $272.2 billion. Educational construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $64.0 billion, 8.5 percent (±4.1 percent) above the September estimate of $59.0 billion.

During the first 10 months of this year, construction spending amounted to $747.0 billion, 5.0 percent (±1.3 percent) above the $711.7 billion for the same period in 2012.

  • Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $625.7 billion, 0.5 percent (±1.0 percent) below the September estimate of $629.0 billion.
  • Residential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $326.9 billion in October, 0.6 percent (±1.3 percent)* below the September estimate of $328.7 billion.
  • Nonresidential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $298.9 billion in October, 0.5 percent (±1.0 percent)* below the September estimate of $300.2 billion.