Construction Spending Down 0.9% in March

Washington, DC, May 1, 2019-Construction spending during March 2019 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,282.2 billion, 0.9% below the revised February estimate of $1,293.3 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The March figure is 0.8% below the March 2018 estimate of $1,293.1 billion. During the first three months of this year, construction spending amounted to $277.7 billion, 0.2% below the $278.3 billion for the same period in 2018.

Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $961.5 billion, 0.7% below the revised February estimate of $968.6 billion. Residential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $500.9 billion in March, 1.8% below the revised February estimate of $510.1 billion. Nonresidential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $460.6 billion in March, 0.5% above the revised February estimate of $458.5 billion.

In March, the estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of public construction spending was $320.7 billion, 1.3% below the revised February estimate of $324.7 billion. Educational construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $76.6 billion, 1.5% below the revised February estimate of $77.8 billion. Highway construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $104.5 billion, 1.9% below the revised February estimate of $106.5 billion.