3 Mega Projects Propel ConstructConnect’s September Starts Higher by Nearly One-Third

ConstructConnect announced today that September’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential activity, was $42.8 billion. The month-to-month percentage change versus August was an outsized +31.5% (or plus nearly one-third). The big improvement in the latest period was thanks to go-aheads for three mega projects combining for a total of $17 billion.

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The three extraordinary projects were an Exxon Mobil petrochemical plant in Texas ($10 billion categorized as industrial); the new Delta Airlines Terminal at LaGuardia Airport in New York ($4 billion categorized as civil/engineering); and the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania ($3 billion, also in the civil/engineering type-of-structure category).

Versus the same month of last year, this September was +43.4%. Relative to January-to-September of 2016, 2017’s year-to-date starts through the first nine months have been +9.4%.

The starts figures throughout this report are not seasonally adjusted (NSA). Nor are they altered for inflation. They are expressed in what are termed ‘current’ as opposed to ‘constant’ dollars.


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‘Nonresidential building’ plus ‘engineering/civil’ work accounts for a larger share of total construction than residential activity. The former’s combined proportion of total put-in-place construction in the Census Bureau’s August report was 57%; the latter’s was 43%.

ConstructConnect’s construction starts are leading indicators for the Census Bureau’s capital investment or put-in-place series. Also, the reporting period for starts (i.e., September 2017) is one month ahead of the reporting period for the investment series (i.e., August 2017.)

The total number of U.S. construction jobs rose by 8,000 in September according to the latest Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly average gain in on-site jobs to date in 2017 has been a little faster than during the same January-to-September period of last year, +14,000 compared with +11,000. The NSA unemployment rate in the ‘hard hat’ sector stayed the same in September as in August, at 4.7%. A year ago, in September 2016, construction’s jobless level had been a bit more elevated, at 5.2%.

The September labor survey results, both ‘payroll’ and ‘household’, were based on conditions that prevailed nearly simultaneous with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma laying severe beatings on southern Texas and much of Florida. Rebuilding efforts during the remainder of 2017 will surely put additional pressure on labor and material supplies. U.S. year-over-year construction employment, at +2.7%, is already proceeding at about twice the pace of the nation’s total jobs performance, +1.4%. Also notable is the current strong showing of ‘architectural and engineering services’ jobs, +3.4%. Design activity points the way to subsequent work levels in the field.

September’s month-to-month (m/m) overall starts increase (+31.5%) resulted from a huge jump in industrial (+542.4%), a solid increase in heavy engineering/civil (+18.3%) and a modest uptick in commercial (+2.1%). Institutional was the only major subcategory to falter (-14.2%).

As for the +43.4% September-2017-over-September-2016 (i.e., y/y) gain, industrial’s impact (thanks to Exxon Mobil) was even greater (+1049.5%), with engineering ahead mightily as well (+64.6%). Commercial (-15.3%) and institutional (-14.3%) stood in the shadows.

Year-to-date (ytd) total starts (+9.4%) were led by industrial (+46.6%) and engineering (+29.2%), with institutional almost neutral (+1.2%) and commercial in the doldrums (-5.1%).

Within engineering, the ‘road/highway’ segment (with a 38% share so far in 2017) figures most prominently. In September, street starts were -16.8% m/m and -16.3% y/y, but +12.9% ytd. ‘Water/sewage’ work is second most important in the civil category (with a 22% slice ytd) and in the latest month, it was -22.0% m/m and -10.5% y/y, but +12.0% ytd. The ‘green-lighting’ of airport construction, however, was where the most spectacular lift-off occurred: +410.7% m/m; +718.8% y/y; and +122.3% ytd. Delta’s new terminal at LaGuardia was the catalyst.

‘Bridge’ starts have also been tracking well. While they were -28.6% m/m, they were an upbeat +50.7% y/y and +46.0% ytd. Additionally, ‘miscellaneous civil’ (on account of new pipeline capacity in Pennsylvania to deliver natural gas from shale rock deposits) turned in a full set of good percentage changes in the latest month: +25.6% m/m; +255.5% y/y; and +73.4% ytd.

More than half (54%) of institutional starts to date this year have been provided by ‘schools/colleges’. Unfortunately, educational work has not maintained a passing grade: -24.3% m/m; -5.7% y/y; and -3.9% ytd. ‘Hospital/clinic’ starts, next most important within institutional (a 14% share) have similarly failed to impress: -14.1% m/m; -68.6% y/y; and -20.2% ytd.

Ranking first among ‘niches’ within commercial so far this year has been ‘hotel/motel’ work (with a 22% share). While that subgrouping had a rocky September both m/m (-15.6%) and y/y (-15.0%), it stayed encouragingly buoyant ytd (+48.8%). Meanwhile, the percentage changes for ‘private offices’ (20% of commercial) in the latest month, ran the gamut from a big increase m/m (+95.4%); to neutral ytd (-2.5%); and steeply down y/y (-31.7%). Finally, ‘retail/shopping’ has had commercial’s toughest time in 2017: -4.7% m/m; -28.7% y/y; and -52.6% ytd.

Table 2 reorders and provides more detail on some of the type-of-structure categories in Table 1. The reasons for this ‘second view’ are set out in the footnote.

The six graphs show 12-month moving average trend lines for major type-of-structure categories. The ‘retail’ and ‘private office building’ curves have been heading down sharply for a considerable while now. ‘Schools/colleges’ and ‘hospitals/clinics’ have also been descending, but with more decorum. Some of the engineering subcategories, though, have been displaying resilience, with ‘bridges’ soaring and ‘miscellaneous power’ returning to a steady position.

Worker compensation throughout the U.S. economy appears to be gradually climbing. From Table B-3 of the latest BLS Employment Situation report, both average hourly and average weekly earnings for all jobs rose by +2.9% y/y in September. Construction workers fared better, but only by the tiniest of degrees, +3.0% both hourly and weekly. Leaving out supervisory personnel (i.e., Table B-8), the economy-wide increases were +2.5% both hourly and weekly. Construction workers achieved the same weekly, +2.5%, but had happier results hourly, +3.1%.

The value of construction starts each month is summarized from ConstructConnect’s database of all active construction projects in the U.S. Missing project values are estimated with the help of RSMeans’ building cost models.

ConstructConnect’s nonresidential construction starts series, because it is comprised of total-value estimates for individual projects, some of which are ultra-large, has a history of being more volatile than many other leading indicators for the economy.

ConstructConnect has now moved to a better-targeted and research-assigned ‘start’ date. Prior to January 2017, the ‘start’ date was recorded as occurring within 30 to 60 days of the announced bid date. In concept, a ‘start’ is equivalent to ground being broken for a project to proceed. If work is abandoned or rebid, the ‘start’ date is revised to reflect the new information.

Click here to download the Construction Industry Snapshot Package – September 2017 PDF.

Click here for the Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. – September 2017.

Click here for the Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs – September 2017.

TABLE 1: VALUE OF UNITED STATES
CONSTRUCTION STARTS – SEPTEMBER 2017
(CONSTRUCTCONNECT)

% Change % Change % Change
Jan-SEP 17 Jan-SEP 17 vs SEP 17 vs SEP 17 vs
($ billions) Jan-SEP 16 SEP 16 aug 17
           
Hotel/Motel 22.405 48.8% -15.0% -15.6%
Retail 14.311 -52.6% -28.7% -4.7%
Parking Garage 1.914 -48.1% -44.1% 25.2%
Amusement 5.562 21.9% 73.7% 31.0%
Private Office 20.326 -2.5% -31.7% 95.4%
Government Office 8.703 -14.1% 6.9% -13.1%
Laboratory 1.981 -43.7% -39.1% 5.0%
Warehouse 14.061 32.9% -3.6% -32.6%
Miscellaneous Commercial 13.645 38.9% 7.4% 62.9%
COMMERCIAL 102.908 -5.1% -15.3% 2.1%
   
INDUSTRIAL (Manufacturing) 25.100 46.6% 1049.5% 542.4%
   
Religious 1.615 27.0% -36.3%   -39.6%
Hospital/Clinic 13.969 -20.2% -68.6%   -14.1%
Nursing/Assisted Living 7.996 14.5% 21.3%   -15.4%
Library/Museum 2.783 15.3% 31.7%   -8.8%
Police/Courthouse/Prison 6.500 48.7% 99.7%   33.0%
Military 3.457 5.0% 15.3%   172.5%
School/College 52.768 -3.9% -5.7%   -24.3%
Miscellaneous Government 8.180 49.7% -0.9%   -36.0%
INSTITUTIONAL 97.268 1.1% -14.3%   -14.2%
     
Miscellaneous Nonresidential 5.777 -12.6% -9.3%   8.5%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 231.053 1.2% 33.3%   40.7%
     
Airport 10.900 122.3% 718.8%   410.7%
Road/Highway 46.696 12.9% -16.3%   -16.8%
Bridge 16.758 46.0% 50.7%   -28.6%
Dam/Marine 3.353 22.6% 29.1%   -16.2%
Water/Sewage 26.474 12.0% -10.5%   -22.0%
Miscellaneous Civil 17.760 73.4% 255.5%   25.6%
HEAVY ENGINEERING 121.940 29.2% 64.6%   18.3%
     
TOTAL NONRESIDENTIAL 352.993 9.4% 43.4% 31.5%

Source: ConstructConnect Research Group and ConstructConnect.
Table: ConstructConnect.

TABLE 2: VALUE OF UNITED STATES
CONSTRUCTION STARTS
CONSTRUCTCONNECT INSIGHT VERSION
– AUGUST 2017
Arranged to match the alphabetical category drop-down menus in INSIGHT

  % Change     % Change % Change
Jan-Sep 17 Jan-Sep 17 vs     Sep 17 vs Sep 17 vs
($ billions) Jan-Sep 16     Sep 16 Aug 17
           
Summary      
CIVIL 121.940 29.2%     64.6% 18.3%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 231.053 1.2%     33.3% 40.7%
RESIDENTIAL   234.649 13.8%     11.6% -8.8%
GRAND TOTAL   587.642 11.1%     30.2% 13.6%
 
Verticals  
Airport 10.900 122.3%     718.8% 410.7%
All Other Civil 11.441 25.3%     289.1% 204.1%
Bridges 16.758 46.0%     50.7% -28.6%
Dams / Canals / Marine Work 3.353 22.6%     29.1% -16.2%
Power Infrastructure 6.319 467.0%     -35.3% -96.0%
Roads 46.696 12.9%     -16.3% -16.8%
    Water and Sewage Treatment 26.474 12.0%     -10.5% -22.0%
CIVIL     121.940 29.2%     64.6% 18.3%
Offices (private) 20.326 -2.5%     -31.7% 95.4%
Parking Garages 1.914 -48.1%     -44.1% 25.2%
  Transportation Terminals 2.876 -29.1%     -16.5% -52.2%
Commercial (small subset) 25.115 -12.2%     -32.8% 57.3%
Amusement 5.562 21.9%     73.7% 31.0%
Libraries / Museums 2.783 15.3%     31.7% -8.8%
Religious 1.615 27.0%     -36.3% -39.6%
  Sports Arenas / Convention Centers 10.769 86.8%     12.5% 163.8%
Community 20.729 48.0%     26.9% 37.6%
College / University 16.259 -10.3%     11.7% 3.4%
Elementary / Pre School 15.041 -11.1%     -24.0% -55.7%
Jr / Sr High School 20.227 8.3%     -6.4% -11.9%
  Special / Vocational 1.241 1.9%     -44.0% -65.8%
Educational 52.768 -3.9%     -5.7% -24.3%
Courthouses 2.280 122.9%     53.4% 42.6%
Fire and Police Stations 2.142 9.9%     102.7% 179.1%
Government Offices 8.703 -14.1%     6.9% -13.1%
  Prisons 2.077 48.6%     141.8% -43.6%
Government 15.203 4.9%     38.0% 4.4%
Industrial Labs / Labs / School Labs 1.981 -43.7%     -39.1% 5.0%
Manufacturing 25.100 46.6%     1049.5% 542.4%
  Warehouses 14.061 32.9%     -3.6% -32.6%
Industrial 41.142 31.8%     422.9% 242.0%
Hospitals / Clinics 13.969 -20.2%     -68.6% -14.1%
Medical Misc. 8.180 49.7%     -0.9% -36.0%
  Nursing Homes 7.996 14.5%     21.3% -15.4%
Medical   30.145 0.6%     -40.3% -23.3%
Military   3.457 5.0%     15.3% 172.5%
Hotels 22.405 48.8%     -15.0% -15.6%
Retail Misc. 5.777 -12.6%     -9.3% 8.5%
    Shopping 14.311 -52.6%     -28.7% -4.7%
  Retail   42.493 -18.1%     -19.8% -7.7%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 231.053 1.2%     33.3% 40.7%
Multi-Family 79.850 23.6%     8.1% -25.4%
    Single-Family 154.799 9.3%     12.9% -1.4%
RESIDENTIAL   234.649 13.8%     11.6% -8.8%
NONRESIDENTIAL 352.993 9.4%     43.4% 31.5%
GRAND TOTAL   587.642 11.1%     30.2% 13.6%

Table 1 conforms to the type-of-structure ordering adopted by many firms and organizations in the industry. Specifically, it breaks nonresidential building into ICI work (i.e., industrial, commercial and institutional), since each has its own set of economic and demographic drivers. Table 2 presents an alternative, perhaps more user-friendly and intuitive type-of-structure ordering that matches how the data appears in ConstructConnect’s online product ‘Insight’.

Source: ConstructConnect.
Table: ConstructConnect.

TABLE 3: VALUE OF UNITED STATES
NATIONAL
CONSTRUCTION STARTS – SEPTEMBER 2017 – CONSTRUCTCONNECT
Billions of current $s, not seasonally adjusted (NSA)

Latest month actuals Moving averages (placed in end month) Year to Date.
    3-months 12-months JAN-SEP JAN-SEP
JUL 17 AUG 17 SEP 17 JUL 17 AUG 17 SEP 17 JUL 17 AUG 17 SEP 17 2016 2017
Single Family 18.797 18.123 17.872 19.038 18.994 18.264 16.278 16.487 16.657 141.669 154.799
month-over-month % change -6.3% -3.6% -1.4% 0.9% -0.2% -3.8% 0.9% 1.3% 1.0%    
year-over-year % change 10.3% 16.1% 12.9% 10.9% 13.0% 13.0% 7.4% 8.9% 9.8% 6.6% 9.3%
Apartment 7.421 8.010 5.974 9.215 9.305 7.135 8.362 8.479 8.516 64.581 79.850
month-over-month % change -40.6% 7.9% -25.4% -6.6% 1.0% -23.3% -0.6% 1.4% 0.4%    
year-over-year % change -8.0% 21.1% 8.1% 17.7% 23.9% 5.9% 21.9% 19.9% 18.7% 45.7% 23.6%
TOTAL RESIDENTIAL 26.219 26.133 23.846 28.254 28.300 25.399 24.641 24.966 25.173 206.250 234.649
month-over-month % change -19.4% -0.3% -8.8% -1.7% 0.2% -10.2% 0.4% 1.3% 0.8%    
year-over-year % change 4.4% 17.6% 11.6% 13.0% 16.4% 10.9% 11.9% 12.4% 12.7% 16.4% 13.8%
Hotel/Motel 1.483 1.935 1.633 1.930 1.941 1.684 2.274 2.323 2.299 15.061 22.405
month-over-month % change -38.3% 30.5% -15.6% -24.2% 0.6% -13.2% -3.7% 2.1% -1.0%    
year-over-year % change -41.1% 43.1% -15.0% -0.4% 6.7% -12.8% 36.3% 37.8% 31.1% 68.8% 48.8%
Retail 1.390 1.485 1.414 1.583 1.570 1.430 1.882 1.666 1.618 30.199 14.311
month-over-month % change -24.3% 6.8% -4.7% -4.7% -0.8% -8.9% -2.2% -11.5% -2.8%    
year-over-year % change -26.5% -63.6% -28.7% -59.4% -62.9% -46.1% -36.4% -47.2% -47.7% 74.1% -52.6%
Parking Garages 0.081 0.170 0.213 0.170 0.109 0.154 0.244 0.245 0.231 3.691 1.914
month-over-month % change 5.8% 110.7% 25.2% -48.7% -36.1% 41.8% -14.0% 0.4% -5.7%    
year-over-year % change -85.6% 6.7% -44.1% -71.5% -72.4% -57.8% -24.0% -25.4% -33.3% 32.3% -48.1%
Amusement 0.866 0.457 0.599 0.749 0.677 0.641 0.603 0.601 0.622 4.561 5.562
month-over-month % change 22.4% -47.1% 31.0% 10.2% -9.7% -5.3% 2.6% -0.3% 3.5%    
year-over-year % change 26.9% -4.8% 73.7% 30.6% 22.2% 27.5% 2.3% 2.1% 4.7% -55.4% 21.9%
Office 1.595 0.766 1.496 1.861 1.580 1.285 2.298 2.185 2.127 20.855 20.326
month-over-month % change -33.0% -52.0% 95.4% -8.3% -15.1% -18.6% 0.3% -4.9% -2.6%    
year-over-year % change 6.2% -64.0% -31.7% -17.0% -31.3% -33.7% 10.4% 2.2% -3.7% 51.9% -2.5%
Governmental Offices 1.357 0.842 0.732 1.147 1.131 0.977 1.019 0.969 0.973 10.128 8.703
month-over-month % change 13.7% -37.9% -13.1% 13.9% -1.4% -13.6% -2.0% -4.9% 0.4%    
year-over-year % change -15.8% -41.5% 6.9% -6.7% -19.1% -21.5% -0.5% -4.4% -3.3% 18.3% -14.1%
Laboratories 0.175 0.073 0.076 0.335 0.234 0.108 0.206 0.202 0.198 3.519 1.981
month-over-month % change -61.4% -58.5% 5.0% -17.8% -30.1% -53.8% 3.9% -1.7% -2.0%    
year-over-year % change 112.5% -37.1% -39.1% 50.8% 95.4% 0.3% -41.0% -42.4% -37.5% 72.1% -43.7%
Warehouse 2.002 1.720 1.159 1.475 1.586 1.627 1.532 1.526 1.522 10.579 14.061
month-over-month % change 93.5% -14.1% -32.6% 11.2% 7.5% 2.6% 5.6% -0.4% -0.2%    
year-over-year % change 96.4% -4.0% -3.6% 21.5% 24.7% 21.7% 17.2% 10.7% 14.8% 6.8% 32.9%
Misc Commercial 0.548 0.464 0.756 1.773 0.751 0.589 1.375 1.367 1.371 9.823 13.645
month-over-month % change -55.9% -15.3% 62.9% -22.7% -57.6% -21.6% -1.3% -0.6% 0.3%    
year-over-year % change -28.3% -18.1% 7.4% 81.6% -8.7% -13.1% 12.8% 14.2% 13.7% -16.1% 38.9%
TOTAL COMMERCIAL 9.496 7.911 8.079 11.023 9.579 8.495 11.433 11.083 10.962 108.416 102.908
month-over-month % change -16.2% -16.7% 2.1% -10.2% -13.1% -11.3% -0.8% -3.1% -1.1%    
year-over-year % change -10.7% -34.7% -15.3% -14.5% -25.8% -21.0% -0.8% -6.4% -7.5% 27.2% -5.1%
TOTAL INDUSTRIAL (Manufacturing) 0.763 1.629 10.468 1.193 1.269 4.287 1.542 1.552 2.349 17.121 25.100
month-over-month % change -46.1% 113.7% 542.4% -22.2% 6.4% 237.7% 0.1% 0.7% 51.3%    
year-over-year % change 2.4% 8.0% 1049.5% 27.4% 22.3% 306.5% -4.1% -8.5% 41.7% 39.4% 46.6%
Religious 0.198 0.149 0.090 0.221 0.208 0.146 0.175 0.178 0.173 1.271 1.615
month-over-month % change -28.2% -24.7% -39.6% -13.6% -5.8% -29.8% 3.3% 1.8% -2.4%    
year-over-year % change 50.8% 34.0% -36.3% 36.0% 53.4% 13.8% 25.7% 27.6% 22.3% 0.5% 27.0%
Hosptials/Clinics 1.392 0.893 0.767 2.021 1.172 1.017 1.632 1.630 1.491 17.508 13.969
month-over-month % change 12.9% -35.9% -14.1% -5.7% -42.0% -13.2% -4.6% -0.1% -8.5%    
year-over-year % change -40.2% -2.1% -68.6% -12.5% -44.4% -46.3% -7.2% -5.3% -20.4% 85.3% -20.2%
Nursing/Assisted Living 1.019 0.892 0.755 1.047 1.063 0.889 0.871 0.884 0.895 6.986 7.996
month-over-month % change -20.3% -12.4% -15.4% -1.8% 1.6% -16.4% 2.5% 1.5% 1.2%    
year-over-year % change 32.7% 21.6% 21.3% 28.1% 49.1% 25.5% 24.1% 22.6% 24.8% 72.8% 14.5%
Libraries/Museums 0.388 0.358 0.326 0.313 0.374 0.357 0.275 0.292 0.299 2.413 2.783
month-over-month % change 2.9% -7.8% -8.8% 13.3% 19.6% -4.5% 7.1% 6.3% 2.2%    
year-over-year % change 128.9% 140.2% 31.7% -13.3% 23.6% 89.4% -12.0% 0.2% 10.0% 11.6% 15.3%
Police/Courthouse/Prison 0.459 0.519 0.690 0.560 0.527 0.556 0.648 0.649 0.677 4.370 6.500
month-over-month % change -24.1% 13.0% 33.0% -19.3% -5.9% 5.4% -1.7% 0.1% 4.4%    
year-over-year % change -22.1% 2.2% 99.7% -12.8% -11.4% 15.6% 34.2% 31.5% 40.6% -6.3% 48.7%
Military 0.506 0.280 0.764 0.526 0.412 0.517 0.401 0.395 0.404 3.291 3.457
month-over-month % change 12.8% -44.6% 172.5% 18.3% -21.8% 25.6% -4.4% -1.5% 2.1%    
year-over-year % change -30.5% -20.5% 15.3% 16.6% -14.7% -11.1% -16.4% -13.2% -10.6% -10.7% 5.0%
Schools/Colleges 5.904 4.670 3.535 7.698 6.531 4.703 5.749 5.680 5.662 54.933 52.768
month-over-month % change -34.5% -20.9% -24.3% -4.7% -15.2% -28.0% -0.9% -1.2% -0.3%    
year-over-year % change -10.0% -15.1% -5.7% -2.1% -6.9% -10.7% 0.6% -0.5% -0.4% 15.0% -3.9%
Misc Government 0.753 1.208 0.773 0.946 0.972 0.911 0.842 0.878 0.878 5.466 8.180
month-over-month % change -21.1% 60.5% -36.0% -2.0% 2.7% -6.2% 0.9% 4.3% -0.1%    
year-over-year % change 13.9% 56.9% -0.9% 59.7% 42.8% 23.7% 80.2% 80.4% 62.1% 90.7% 49.7%
TOTAL INSTITUTIONAL 10.619 8.969 7.700 13.333 11.260 9.096 10.592 10.586 10.479 96.239 97.268
month-over-month % change -25.2% -15.5% -14.2% -4.2% -15.5% -19.2% -1.0% -0.1% -1.0%    
year-over-year % change -11.0% -0.7% -14.3% 1.0% -6.4% -8.9% 5.3% 5.7% 3.1% 26.8% 1.1%
Misc Non Residential 0.683 0.659 0.715 0.760 0.662 0.685 0.668 0.658 0.652 6.608 5.777
month-over-month % change 5.8% -3.5% 8.5% -0.7% -12.8% 3.5% -2.6% -1.4% -0.9%    
year-over-year % change -23.6% -14.7% -9.3% -6.3% -18.4% -16.2% 8.6% 3.2% -3.5% 95.2% -12.6%
TOTAL NONRES BUILDING 21.560 19.169 26.962 26.309 22.770 22.564 24.235 23.880 24.442 228.383 231.053
month-over-month % change -21.8% -11.1% 40.7% -7.7% -13.5% -0.9% -0.9% -1.5% 2.4%    
year-over-year % change -10.9% -18.2% 33.3% -5.5% -15.0% -0.2% 1.8% -1.3% 0.4% 29.2% 1.2%
Airports 0.683 0.877 4.480 0.631 0.662 2.013 0.806 0.727 1.055 4.903 10.900
month-over-month % change 60.7% 28.3% 410.7% 11.7% 5.0% 204.2% -0.6% -9.8% 45.1%    
year-over-year % change -7.5% -51.8% 718.8% 29.8% -33.4% 94.4% 69.0% 26.3% 108.3% 47.0% 122.3%
Roads/Highways 5.780 4.578 3.807 6.439 5.373 4.722 4.810 4.767 4.705 41.352 46.696
month-over-month % change 0.3% -20.8% -16.8% 0.7% -16.6% -12.1% 1.6% -0.9% -1.3%    
year-over-year % change 19.3% -10.2% -16.3% 19.7% 7.7% -2.3% 9.3% 10.5% 8.2% 1.4% 12.9%
Bridges 1.798 1.802 1.287 1.785 1.669 1.629 1.544 1.613 1.649 11.475 16.758
month-over-month % change 27.6% 0.2% -28.6% -6.8% -6.5% -2.4% -4.0% 4.5% 2.2%    
year-over-year % change -29.9% 85.1% 50.7% 15.0% 8.8% 11.3% 21.6% 27.1% 30.1% 22.7% 46.0%
Dams/Marine 0.661 0.327 0.274 0.479 0.408 0.421 0.359 0.358 0.363 2.736 3.353
month-over-month % change 179.6% -50.5% -16.2% 4.9% -14.7% 3.1% 6.8% -0.2% 1.4%    
year-over-year % change 70.5% -2.9% 29.1% 20.0% 4.5% 34.7% -17.1% -14.8% -0.7% -40.7% 22.6%
Water/Sewage 2.295 2.718 2.120 2.711 2.624 2.377 2.811 2.796 2.775 23.636 26.474
month-over-month % change -19.8% 18.4% -22.0% -5.9% -3.2% -9.4% -2.2% -0.5% -0.7%    
year-over-year % change -24.5% -6.2% -10.5% -12.9% -7.8% -14.1% 8.2% 8.5% 7.9% 9.5% 12.0%
Misc Civil 1.394 3.079 3.866 1.115 1.850 2.780 1.291 1.492 1.724 10.244 17.760
month-over-month % change 29.6% 120.8% 25.6% -32.2% 65.9% 50.3% -1.0% 15.6% 15.5%    
year-over-year % change -10.2% 364.6% 255.5% -9.5% 85.1% 152.4% -13.6% 9.1% 37.2% -33.6% 73.4%
TOTAL ENGINEERING 12.612 13.381 15.833 13.160 12.586 13.942 11.620 11.753 12.271 94.345 121.940
month-over-month % change 7.2% 6.1% 18.3% -5.0% -4.4% 10.8% -0.4% 1.1% 4.4%    
year-over-year % change -3.9% 13.5% 64.6% 8.2% 7.1% 21.1% 8.9% 11.7% 19.0% -0.8% 29.2%
GRAND TOTAL 60.391 58.683 66.641 67.723 63.656 61.905 60.496 60.599 61.886 528.979 587.642
month-over-month % change -16.0% -2.8% 13.6% -4.7% -6.0% -2.8% -0.3% 0.2% 2.1%    
year-over-year % change -3.3% 2.1% 30.2% 4.2% 1.3% 8.6% 7.1% 6.5% 8.6% 17.8% 11.1%
NONRES BLDG + ENGINEERING 34.172 32.550 42.795 39.469 35.356 36.506 35.855 35.633 36.712 322.729 352.993
month-over-month % change -13.2% -4.7% 31.5% -6.8% -10.4% 3.3% -0.7% -0.6% 3.0%    
year-over-year % change -8.5% -7.6% 43.4% -1.4% -8.3% 7.0% 4.0% 2.7% 5.9% 18.7% 9.4%

Data Source and Table: ConstructConnect.

TABLE 4: U.S. YEAR-TO-DATE REGIONAL STARTS
NONRESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION
* — CONSTRUCTCONNECT

Jan-SEP 2016 Jan-SEP 2017 % Change
Connecticut $2,248,753,081 $4,310,363,605 91.7%
Maine $846,259,610 $1,172,089,377 38.5%
Massachusetts $7,491,001,719 $7,781,349,882 3.9%
New Hampshire $1,302,892,302 $781,953,860 -40.0%
Rhode Island $552,944,547 $949,726,921 71.8%
Vermont $622,011,311 $623,114,495 0.2%
Total New England $13,063,862,570   $15,618,598,140   19.6%
New Jersey $7,806,928,759 $7,636,622,031 -2.2%
New York $19,157,692,463 $30,972,829,176 61.7%
Pennsylvania $11,075,209,893 $13,983,816,662 26.3%
Total Middle Atlantic $38,039,831,115   $52,593,267,869   38.3%
TOTAL NORTHEAST $51,103,693,685   $68,211,866,009   33.5%
Illinois $9,808,884,725 $10,815,204,669 10.3%
Indiana $5,419,152,254 $5,115,767,179 -5.6%
Michigan $8,635,481,028 $13,361,601,651 54.7%
Ohio $10,394,416,386 $11,073,539,764 6.5%
Wisconsin $6,436,779,551 $7,415,401,928 15.2%
Total East North Central $40,694,713,944   $47,781,515,191   17.4%
Iowa $4,041,562,042 $4,132,506,054 2.3%
Kansas $2,957,031,422 $2,578,787,578 -12.8%
Minnesota $6,628,830,164 $6,494,813,227 -2.0%
Missouri $6,096,951,332 $6,138,585,276 0.7%
Nebraska $2,323,266,753 $2,779,096,908 19.6%
North Dakota $1,864,917,374 $1,393,240,862 -25.3%
South Dakota $1,175,063,464 $1,466,732,309 24.8%
Total West North Central $25,087,622,551   $24,983,762,214   -0.4%
TOTAL MIDWEST $65,782,336,495   $72,765,277,405   10.6%
Delaware $756,781,546 $1,071,684,493 41.6%
District of Columbia $1,866,135,808 $1,942,013,337 4.1%
Florida $19,041,543,022 $22,525,916,205 18.3%
Georgia $11,212,766,234 $9,241,512,468 -17.6%
Maryland $9,184,006,561 $5,107,998,044 -44.4%
North Carolina $10,767,828,250 $10,285,262,826 -4.5%
South Carolina $5,094,826,410 $5,865,303,279 15.1%
Virginia $8,224,171,821 $8,378,556,276 1.9%
West Virginia $897,749,130 $955,296,128 6.4%
Total South Atlantic $67,045,808,782   $65,373,543,056   -2.5%
Alabama $3,572,242,760 $4,088,603,266 14.5%
Kentucky $5,537,420,275 $2,976,839,431 -46.2%
Mississippi $2,266,899,321 $1,791,188,558 -21.0%
Tennessee $6,304,554,566 $5,028,592,703 -20.2%
Total East South Central $17,681,116,922   $13,885,223,958   -21.5%
Arkansas $2,436,348,404 $2,260,928,962 -7.2%
Louisiana $6,232,157,119 $4,703,629,420 -24.5%
Oklahoma $4,124,126,014 $4,895,679,219 18.7%
Texas $39,513,000,753 $45,334,312,167 14.7%
Total West South Central $52,305,632,290   $57,194,549,768   9.3%
TOTAL SOUTH $137,032,557,994   $136,453,316,782   -0.4%
Arizona $5,475,564,405 $4,818,518,955 -12.0%
Colorado $5,007,684,565 $5,263,667,877 5.1%
Idaho $1,126,400,728 $1,172,910,378 4.1%
Montana $979,038,677 $852,696,682 -12.9%
Nevada $3,275,453,581 $2,308,947,613 -29.5%
New Mexico $1,331,357,607 $1,552,629,849 16.6%
Utah $4,443,724,531 $4,264,369,604 -4.0%
Wyoming $1,250,246,391 $839,132,001 -32.9%
Total Mountain $22,889,470,485   $21,072,872,959   -7.9%
Alaska $1,212,157,693 $1,461,417,446 20.6%
California $29,734,325,971 $38,063,583,815 28.0%
Hawaii $2,420,892,038 $1,322,109,028 -45.4%
Oregon $4,139,601,542 $4,721,309,301 14.1%
Washington $8,413,804,099 $8,921,215,627 6.0%
Total Pacific $45,920,781,343   $54,489,635,217   18.7%
TOTAL WEST $68,810,251,828   $75,562,508,176   9.8%
TOTAL U.S. $322,728,840,002   $352,992,968,372   9.4%

*Figures above are comprised of nonres building and engineering (i.e., residential is omitted).

Data Source and Table: ConstructConnect.

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