The following sets out in pictorial form (i.e., in graphs with some descriptive text) employment histories in particularly interesting industrial corners of the U.S. and Canadian economies. For the U.S., the data points go back to January 2000; for Canada, the earliest figures are for January 2002. Sectors are defined according to the North American […]

ConstructConnect announced today that March construction starts, excluding residential activity, were +17.8 versus February. The long-term February-to-March advance, due to seasonality, has been only +2.5%. It’s usually not until April that more accommodating weather causes a big lift in volume of about +12.0%. Spring has apparently come early for groundbreakings this year. March 2017 versus […]

There’s a remarkable tale to be told, through the use of graphs, about working-age male mobility in Canada. It’s a story with one clear winner among the ten provinces, a good second-place finisher and numerous ‘also-rans’. It unfolds through an examination of net interprovincial migration numbers. Net interprovincial migration is in-migration from other provinces to […]

One would think it would be relatively easy to find put-in-place dollar volume figures for Canadian and provincial construction activity by major types of structure. Sad to say, that’s not the case.  Not to worry, though. Appearing in 14 tables in this article are actuals, estimates and forecasts for residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, engineering and […]

The governments of both the U.S. and Canada are expressing their determination to proceed with amplified infrastructure spending programs. A related question that is often being asked is, “How much extra employment will be created?” Two approaches to an answer are set out below. The first utilizes macro numbers. The second relates material costs to […]