U.S. construction spending flat in April, little sign of housing rebound

Indeed, over the past four quarters, the level of residential investment spending declined more than 16% in real terms. And during that period, this sector-which represents only a little more than 5%.

The U.S. economy. supports for a spending rebound are in place, i.e. low unemployment and rising prices for homes and stocks. Business are boosting spending on equipment, structures and.

In that catastrophe, 6.5 million buildings fell, including poorly constructed schools and concrete apartment. bureau of housing and urban-rural construction, told Fortune the first of his group’s.

U.S. construction starts had three consecutive quarters of positive growth in 2017. Non-residential building has been left essentially flat at -0.5%. For 2018, the new forecasts shave a bit off what was previously expected. Total starts are now projected to be +4.8%, a little slower than the +5.9% of a quarter ago. Residential will be +6.7% in 2018; non-res building, +1.9%; and heavy.

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. construction spending surged 1.8 percent to a record high in April as home building rose by the largest amount in 24 years. The April gain reversed a 1.7 percent drop in March, the Commerce department reported friday. The strength stemmed from a sizable 4.5 percent rise in residential construction, the biggest percentage gain since November 1993.

 · Construction Continues to Grow. It is a good time to be in the construction insurance business. U.S. construction spending grew by 7.6 percent from April 2017 to April 2018 with employment growth in the sector increasing in 256 out of 358 metro areas, according to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

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April 5, 2018. Recent data releases relating to home sales activity and new construction point to a housing market that continues to grow at a slow but steady pace. single-family starts are increasing but remain low by historical norms. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 12-month moving average of multifamily starts has peaked after.

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New homes starts in Australia hit a six-year high last quarter thanks to stimulus spending on public housing. In all. In 2005-2006, new homes in the U.S. were selling for well over 5 times median.