Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs. At the same time, though, there are many topics (e.g., relating to demographics, housing starts, etc.) that cry out for compelling ‘short-hand’ visualizations. Whichever path is followed, the point of the journey, […]

ConstructConnect announced today that March’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential activity, was $36.3 billion. The latest month-to-month change in the volume of starts was +46.1%. The major reason for the big jump upwards was an initiation of work on a mega project, the Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline, with an estimated value of $5.5 […]

The U.S. pipeline company, Kinder Morgan, having already spent a wheelbarrow load of money and still having no assurance that its Trans Mountain expansion project will ever by allowed to proceed, has issued an end-of-May deadline for the removal of obstacles in its path. The proposed new investment by Kinder Morgan will triple capacity along […]

This article provides a ranking of America’s Top Dozen States according to their goods export volumes in full year 2017. Total U.S. goods exports last year amounted to almost one-and-a-half trillion dollars. The background foreign trade data comes from the Census Bureau’s web-based site entitled USA Trade Online. While it’s relatively easy to open a […]

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs. At the same time, though, there are many topics (e.g., relating to demographics, housing starts, etc.) that cry out for compelling ‘short-hand’ visualizations. Whichever path is followed, the point of the journey, […]

The historical records of Canada’s put-in-place capital spending numbers for residential, commercial, industrial, institutional and engineering construction are to be found in Statistics Canada’s on-line Cansim Tables 026-0013, 026-0016 and 029-0045. Whereas construction ‘starts’ numbers are lump-sum figures entered at the time of groundbreaking, the ‘put-in-place’ data series are meant to mirror progress payments as […]