Construction Spending Flat in January

Washington, DC, March 1, 2018-Construction spending during January 2018 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,262.8 billion, nearly the same as (±1.0%) the revised December estimate of $1,262.7 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The January figure is 3.2% (±1.3%) above the January 2017 estimate of $1,223.5 billion.

Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $962.7 billion, 0.5% below the revised December estimate of $967.9 billion. Residential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $523.2 billion in January, 0.3% above the revised December estimate of $521.8 billion. Nonresidential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $439.6 billion in January, 1.5% below the revised December estimate of $446.2 billion.

In January, the estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of public construction spending was $300.1 billion, 1.8% above the revised December estimate of $294.8 billion. Educational construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $76.7 billion, 2.1% above the revised December estimate of $75.2 billion. Highway construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $92.6 billion, 4.4% above the revised December estimate of $88.8 billion.