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By: Alex Carrick on September 14th, 2017

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In August, ConstructConnect's Starts -10% vs July, but +2% YTD

Industry Snapshot

ConstructConnect today announced that August’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential activity, was $28.7 billion. The month-to-month performance was -9.8%, a somewhat steeper decline than the usual July-to-August change, due to seasonality, of -3.5%.

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August of this year versus the same month of last year recorded a large drop, -18.5%. But standalone August of this year versus August’s average level over the previous five years (2012-2016 inclusive) was a less intimidating -3.5%.  

Year-to-date starts through the first eight months of 2017 are still slightly ahead of where they were for the same January-to-August period of 2016, +1.6%.

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.  

‘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 July report was 56%; the latter’s was 44%.


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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., August 2017) is one month ahead of the reporting period for the investment series (i.e., July 2017.)

According to the latest Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the total number of jobs in the U.S. construction sector rose by +28,000 in August. The monthly average increase so far in 2017 has been +17,000, nearly double 2016’s +9,000 for the same time frame. The NSA unemployment rate in construction has dropped to 4.7%. A year ago, it was 5.1%. Rebuilding efforts in the Houston area and throughout Florida, after the painfully severe touch-downs of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, are sure to increase the demand for construction workers. The year-over-year climb in the number of construction jobs in August, at +3.2%, was already more than double the rate of increase for all employment in the economy, +1.4%.

Payroll improvements in two other sectors also suggest further pickups in on-site building work. Hiring by ‘architectural and engineering services’ firms in August was a robust +3.7% year over year. Additionally, employment with ‘machinery and equipment rental firms’ moved from being flat year over year at the beginning of 2017 to an advance of +7.1% in the most recent month.

August’s month-to-month (m/m) starts decline (-9.8%) was caused by a drop of one-quarter (-25.0%) in commercial work and an almost equally harsh contraction in the institutional (-22.7%) category. Engineering starts (+6.8%) managed a moderate pickup, while industrial (+85.1%) nearly doubled. The gain in manufacturing, however, was on top of a relatively low base.

As for August 2017’s large shortfall (-18.5%) compared with August 2016 (i.e., year over year or y/y), commercial (-48.9%), industrial (-42.1%) and institutional (-15.7%) were all to blame. Only heavy engineering/civil work (+14.0%) made forward progress.

The year-to-date (ytd) total starts performance of +1.6% received no help from either commercial (-9.8%) or industrial (-25.2%). But institutional (-1.2%) stayed essentially neutral and engineering (+24.1%) came through with a sizable bump.

Within the engineering category, ‘road/highway’ (with a 40% share so in 2017) is the largest subsegment. In August, street starts were -17.5% m/m and -7.5% y/y, but +14.5% ytd. ‘Water/sewage’ starts account for the second biggest slice (23%) of civil and, most recently, they were +15.7% m/m and +14.9% ytd, but -6.2% y/y. ‘Bridges’ is another important category within engineering and its August numbers were: -1.2% m/m; but +81.9% y/y; and +45.4% ytd.

The institutional category of starts is dominated by ‘schools/colleges’ (with a share of 56%). In the latest month, the percentage changes of educational starts were all negative: -27.4% m/m; -20.3% y/y; and -5.9% ytd. ‘Hospital/clinic’ work accounts for the next largest chunk of institutional (14%) and in August it had a nice uptick m/m (+17.3%) but declines both y/y (-30.5%) and ytd (-17.9%). ‘Fire/police/courthouse/prison’ work, however, was a source of strength. It managed nothing but increases: +21.8% m/m; +3.9% y/y; and +43.0% ytd. Courthouses (+127.5 ytd) and prisons (+39.8%) did the heavy lifting in that subcategory.

At the top of the food chain in the commercial category to date in 2017 has been ‘hotel/motel’ work (with a 22% share). The latest figures for accommodation starts have been: +8.8% m/m; 0.0% (i.e., no change) y/y; but an impressive +50.1% ytd. Not far behind ‘hotels/motels’ for market share of commercial is ‘private office buildings’ (20%), but that subcategory behaved poorly in August: -59.1% m/m; -74.1% y/y; and -6.0% ytd. ‘Retail/shopping’, which usually contributes more to the commercial total than its current 14% share, was ahead m/m (+4.5%), but distressingly down both y/y (-67.2%) and ytd (-56.3%). ‘Warehouse’ work, which includes distribution centers for Internet retail sales, was -35.8% m/m; and -42.8% y/y; but +23.6% ytd.
Finally, ‘sports stadium’ starts also warrant mentioning for nearly doubling ytd (+90.3%).

Table 2 this report 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.

Nonresidential building is currently heading down more aggressively than heavy engineering is shifting up. ‘Retail’ and ‘private office’ buildings have taken notably wrong turns. ‘Schools/colleges’ and ‘hospitals/clinics’ have also been losing traction. Moving in the opposite direction, have been ‘roads/highways’, ‘miscellaneous civil’ (e.g., pipelines) and ‘bridges’. 

Table B-3 of August’s Employment Situation report from the BLS records gains of +2.5% y/y and +2.8% y/y in average hourly and average weekly earnings for all workers (including supervisors) in the U.S. economy. Construction personnel fared better at +2.7% and +3.2%. 

Table B-8 of the same report, for production workers only (i.e., omitting bosses), sets out earnings advances of +2.3% hourly and +2.6% weekly economy-wide. Those employed specifically in construction, however, received half a percentage point more hourly, +2.8%, and a full percentage point more weekly, +3.6%.

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 re-bid, the ‘start’ date is revised to reflect the new information.

Click here to download the Construction Industry Snapshot Package - August 2017 PDF.

Click here for the Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. - August 2017.

Click here for the Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs - August 2017.

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

% Change % Change % Change
Jan-AUG 17 Jan-AUG 17 vs  AUG 17 vs AUG 17 vs
($ billions) Jan-AUG 16 AUG 16 JUL 17
           
Hotel/Motel 19.721 50.1% 0.0% 8.8%
Retail 12.337 -56.3% -67.2% 4.5%
Parking Garage 1.610 -51.4% -8.4% 60.5%
Amusement 4.850 15.0% -9.4% -51.6%
Private Office  17.540 -6.0% -74.1% -59.1%
Government Office 7.440 -21.2% -42.8% -23.0%
Laboratory 1.465 -56.8% -37.0% -58.4%
Warehouse 11.595 23.6% -42.8% -35.8%
Miscellaneous Commercial 12.651 38.7% -21.2% -18.3%
COMMERCIAL 89.208 -9.8% -48.9% -25.0%
     
INDUSTRIAL (Manufacturing) 12.127 -25.2% -42.1% 85.1%
     
Religious 1.473 30.4% 14.6%   -30.4%
Hospital/Clinic 12.367 -17.9% -30.5%   17.3%
Nursing/Assisted Living 6.949 9.2% 0.2%   -30.9%
Library/Museum 2.327 7.5% 63.3%   -37.6%
Police/Courthouse/Prison 5.755 43.0% 3.9%   21.8%
Military 2.765 5.2% -15.0%   -43.5%
School/College 48.155 -5.9% -20.3%   -27.4%
Miscellaneous Government 6.418 37.0% -13.6%   -1.3%
INSTITUTIONAL 86.209 -1.2% -15.7%   -22.7%
       
Miscellaneous Nonresidential 4.872 -16.3% -23.2%   -13.5%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 192.417 -7.6% -34.8%   -20.7%
       
Airport 6.379 46.5% -53.9%   18.8%
Road/Highway 42.142 14.5% -7.5%   -17.5%
Bridge 15.443 45.4% 81.9%   -1.2%
Dam/Marine 3.098 22.8% 4.1%   -47.0%
Water/Sewage 24.427 14.9% -6.2%   15.7%
Miscellaneous Civil 13.700 49.6% 358.7%   125.1%
HEAVY ENGINEERING 105.189 24.1% 14.0%   6.8%
     
TOTAL NONRESIDENTIAL 297.606 1.6% -18.5% -9.8%

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-Aug 17 Jan-Aug 17 vs     Aug 17 vs Aug 17 vs
($ billions) Jan-Aug 16     Aug 16 Jul 17
           
Summary      
CIVIL 105.189 24.1%     14.0% 6.8%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 192.417 -7.6%     -34.8% -20.7%
RESIDENTIAL   205.216 11.0%     6.9% -9.0%
GRAND TOTAL   502.823 5.2%     -8.7% -9.4%
 
Verticals  
Airport 6.379 46.5%     -53.9% 18.8%
All Other Civil 7.645 -6.2%     146.5% 12.2%
Bridges 15.443 45.4%     81.9% -1.2%
Dams / Canals / Marine Work 3.098 22.8%     4.1% -47.0%
Power Infrastructure 6.054 504.5%     1044.0% 649.7%
Roads 42.142 14.5%     -7.5% -17.5%
    Water and Sewage Treatment 24.427 14.9%     -6.2% 15.7%
CIVIL     105.189 24.1%     14.0% 6.8%
Offices (private) 17.540 -6.0%     -74.1% -59.1%
Parking Garages 1.610 -51.4%     -8.4% 60.5%
  Transportation Terminals 2.784 -29.2%     -37.7% -20.8%
Commercial (small subset) 21.934 -15.3%     -65.6% -47.0%
Amusement 4.850 15.0%     -9.4% -51.6%
Libraries / Museums 2.327 7.5%     63.3% -37.6%
Religious 1.473 30.4%     14.6% -30.4%
  Sports Arenas / Convention Centers 9.868 90.3%     0.2% -16.1%
Community 18.517 45.9%     6.7% -40.4%
College / University 14.225 -15.5%     -27.5% 5.3%
Elementary / Pre School 14.394 -10.1%     -5.8% -31.5%
Jr / Sr High School 18.412 6.7%     -31.5% -43.9%
  Special / Vocational 1.124 3.3%     176.8% 43.4%
Educational 48.155 -5.9%     -20.3% -27.4%
Courthouses 2.157 127.5%     -23.3% 64.8%
Fire and Police Stations 1.738 -0.5%     -43.3% -33.8%
Government Offices 7.440 -21.2%     -42.8% -23.0%
  Prisons 1.859 39.8%     130.7% 96.7%
Government 13.195 -2.0%     -30.7% -10.1%
Industrial Labs / Labs / School Labs 1.465 -56.8%     -37.0% -58.4%
Manufacturing 12.127 -25.2%     -42.1% 85.1%
  Warehouses 11.595 23.6%     -42.8% -35.8%
Industrial 25.187 -13.1%     -42.3% -12.1%
Hospitals / Clinics 12.367 -17.9%     -30.5% 17.3%
Medical Misc. 6.418 37.0%     -13.6% -1.3%
  Nursing Homes 6.949 9.2%     0.2% -30.9%
Medical   25.735 -1.5%     -15.8% -10.7%
Military   2.765 5.2%     -15.0% -43.5%
Hotels 19.721 50.1%     0.0% 8.8%
Retail Misc. 4.872 -16.3%     -23.2% -13.5%
    Shopping 12.337 -56.3%     -67.2% 4.5%
  Retail   36.929 -21.7%     -47.1% 2.3%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 192.417 -7.6%     -34.8% -20.7%
Multi-Family 68.420 15.9%     -5.8% -10.3%
    Single-Family 136.797 8.7%     12.3% -8.5%
RESIDENTIAL   205.216 11.0%     6.9% -9.0%
NONRESIDENTIAL 297.606 1.6%     -18.5% -9.8%
GRAND TOTAL   502.823 5.2%     -8.7% -9.4%

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 on-line product ‘Insight’.

Source: ConstructConnect.
Table: ConstructConnect.

TABLE 3: VALUE OF UNITED STATES
NATIONAL
CONSTRUCTION STARTS – AUGUST 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-AUG JAN-AUG
JUN 17 JUL 17 AUG 17 JUN 17 JUL 17 AUG 17 JUN 17 JUL 17 AUG 17 2016 2017
Single Family 20.136 19.175 17.543 18.890 19.189 18.951 16.138 16.316 16.476 125.838 136.797
   month-over-month % change 10.3% -4.8% -8.5% 6.7% 1.6% -1.2% 1.2% 1.1% 1.0%    
   year-over-year % change 13.4% 12.5% 12.3% 9.4% 11.8% 12.8% 6.4% 7.6% 8.8% 7.3% 8.7%
Apartment 11.798 6.944 6.230 9.265 8.612 8.324 8.149 8.056 8.024 59.053 68.420
   month-over-month % change 66.3% -41.1% -10.3% 2.8% -7.1% -3.3% 4.2% -1.1% -0.4%    
   year-over-year % change 50.1% -13.9% -5.8% 14.1% 10.0% 10.8% 21.4% 17.4% 13.5% 47.4% 15.9%
TOTAL RESIDENTIAL 31.933 26.118 23.773 28.155 27.800 27.275 24.288 24.372 24.500 184.891 205.216
   month-over-month % change 26.0% -18.2% -9.0% 5.4% -1.3% -1.9% 2.2% 0.3% 0.5%    
   year-over-year % change 24.7% 4.0% 6.9% 10.9% 11.2% 12.2% 11.0% 10.7% 10.3% 17.5% 11.0%
Hotel/Motel 2.338 1.243 1.353 2.487 1.807 1.645 2.341 2.235 2.235 13.140 19.721
   month-over-month % change 27.0% -46.8% 8.8% -29.5% -27.3% -9.0% 2.8% -4.5% 0.0%    
   year-over-year % change 47.6% -50.7% 0.0% 39.3% -6.7% -9.6% 52.1% 34.0% 32.6% 68.0% 50.1%
Retail 1.675 1.281 1.338 1.574 1.482 1.431 1.899 1.848 1.619 28.216 12.337
   month-over-month % change 12.4% -23.5% 4.5% 5.5% -5.9% -3.4% -18.1% -2.7% -12.4%    
   year-over-year % change -75.0% -32.3% -67.2% -64.9% -62.0% -66.1% -35.6% -37.6% -48.7% 92.6% -56.3%
Parking Garages 0.067 0.091 0.146 0.319 0.171 0.101 0.277 0.238 0.237 3.310 1.610
   month-over-month % change -81.0% 34.9% 60.5% -16.1% -46.4% -40.7% -10.6% -14.1% -0.5%    
   year-over-year % change -85.5% -83.7% -8.4% -58.0% -71.4% -74.3% -27.7% -25.8% -27.8% 26.3% -51.4%
Amusement 0.680 0.900 0.436 0.647 0.727 0.672 0.577 0.595 0.592 4.216 4.850
   month-over-month % change 12.9% 32.4% -51.6% 6.1% 12.5% -7.6% 2.7% 3.1% -0.6%    
   year-over-year % change 36.5% 31.9% -9.4% 20.7% 26.8% 21.4% 0.2% 1.0% 0.5% -57.6% 15.0%
Office 1.947 1.349 0.551 1.787 1.568 1.282 2.221 2.209 2.077 18.664 17.540
   month-over-month % change 38.3% -30.7% -59.1% -7.8% -12.3% -18.2% -4.7% -0.6% -5.9%    
   year-over-year % change -40.5% -10.2% -74.1% -25.1% -30.1% -44.3% 8.5% 6.1% -2.8% 50.7% -6.0%
Governmental Offices 0.967 1.068 0.823 0.931 0.974 0.953 1.021 0.976 0.925 9.443 7.440
   month-over-month % change 9.0% 10.5% -23.0% -5.3% 4.7% -2.2% -1.4% -4.4% -5.3%    
   year-over-year % change -15.6% -33.7% -42.8% -12.1% -20.7% -31.9% -0.4% -4.7% -8.8% 21.1% -21.2%
Laboratories 0.408 0.175 0.073 0.286 0.316 0.219 0.162 0.169 0.166 3.393 1.465
   month-over-month % change 11.8% -57.1% -58.4% 61.9% 10.5% -30.8% 14.5% 4.8% -2.1%    
   year-over-year % change 152.5% 112.2% -37.0% 24.9% 42.2% 82.3% -53.8% -51.4% -52.8% 125.2% -56.8%
Warehouse 0.970 1.595 1.024 1.260 1.285 1.196 1.433 1.481 1.417 9.377 11.595
   month-over-month % change -24.8% 64.5% -35.8% -24.2% 1.9% -6.9% -0.2% 3.3% -4.3%    
   year-over-year % change -3.5% 56.5% -42.8% 2.7% 5.8% -5.9% -1.1% 13.3% 2.8% 16.2% 23.6%
Misc Commercial 1.216 0.546 0.446 2.241 1.735 0.736 1.375 1.357 1.347 9.119 12.651
   month-over-month % change -64.7% -55.1% -18.3% -19.8% -22.6% -57.6% 0.5% -1.3% -0.7%    
   year-over-year % change 6.7% -28.5% -21.2% 96.5% 77.7% -10.6% 10.2% 11.3% 12.5% -17.9% 38.7%
TOTAL COMMERCIAL 10.267 8.248 6.190 11.532 10.065 8.235 11.307 11.109 10.615 98.880 89.208
   month-over-month % change -12.1% -19.7% -25.0% -15.0% -12.7% -18.2% -4.0% -1.8% -4.4%    
   year-over-year % change -35.8% -22.4% -48.9% -15.2% -22.0% -36.2% -2.2% -3.6% -10.3% 30.2% -9.8%
TOTAL INDUSTRIAL  (Manufacturing) 1.127 0.472 0.873 1.058 0.911 0.824 1.419 1.396 1.343 16.210 12.127
   month-over-month % change -0.6% -58.2% 85.1% -37.1% -13.9% -9.6% 1.6% -1.6% -3.8%    
   year-over-year % change 30.9% -36.7% -42.1% -68.7% -2.7% -20.6% -13.2% -13.2% -20.8% 48.6% -25.2%
Religious 0.274 0.184 0.128 0.252 0.211 0.195 0.168 0.172 0.173 1.130 1.473
   month-over-month % change 56.4% -33.0% -30.4% 29.5% -16.2% -7.5% 5.8% 2.6% 0.8%    
   year-over-year % change 67.2% 39.5% 14.6% 51.4% 29.9% 43.8% 20.5% 23.9% 24.5% -2.2% 30.4%
Hosptials/Clinics 1.212 0.540 0.633 2.050 1.663 0.795 1.733 1.584 1.561 15.069 12.367
   month-over-month % change -62.5% -55.5% 17.3% -14.9% -18.9% -52.2% -8.3% -8.6% -1.5%    
   year-over-year % change -60.7% -76.8% -30.5% -4.6% -28.0% -62.3% 3.4% -10.0% -9.3% 70.7% -17.9%
Nursing/Assisted Living 1.156 1.063 0.735 1.009 1.007 0.985 0.835 0.860 0.860 6.364 6.949
   month-over-month % change 44.0% -8.0% -30.9% 20.8% -0.2% -2.3% 5.4% 3.0% 0.0%    
   year-over-year % change 81.1% 38.5% 0.2% 18.1% 23.2% 38.1% 25.4% 22.5% 19.2% 88.4% 9.2%
Libraries/Museums 0.382 0.389 0.243 0.272 0.313 0.338 0.255 0.273 0.281 2.165 2.327
   month-over-month % change 126.4% 1.9% -37.6% -7.5% 15.2% 7.9% -6.4% 7.2% 2.9%    
   year-over-year % change -35.2% 129.8% 63.3% -28.2% -13.2% 11.7% -17.1% -12.4% -3.5% 29.4% 7.5%
Police/Courthouse/Prison 0.604 0.433 0.527 0.695 0.548 0.521 0.655 0.642 0.644 4.025 5.755
   month-over-month % change -0.5% -28.4% 21.8% 14.0% -21.1% -4.9% -1.1% -2.0% 0.3%    
   year-over-year % change -12.3% -26.6% 3.9% 20.1% -14.7% -12.4% 25.7% 33.1% 30.6% -3.8% 43.0%
Military 0.459 0.531 0.300 0.454 0.543 0.430 0.422 0.406 0.401 2.629 2.765
   month-over-month % change -28.4% 15.7% -43.5% 29.6% 19.8% -20.9% 1.8% -3.9% -1.1%    
   year-over-year % change 24.9% -27.0% -15.0% 92.0% 20.4% -10.9% -6.0% -15.5% -11.9% -11.7% 5.2%
Schools/Colleges 8.587 6.036 4.383 7.854 7.546 6.335 5.727 5.683 5.590 51.185 48.155
   month-over-month % change 7.1% -29.7% -27.4% 14.9% -3.9% -16.0% -0.6% -0.8% -1.6%    
   year-over-year % change -4.4% -7.9% -20.3% -5.2% -4.1% -9.7% 0.8% -0.6% -2.1% 17.0% -5.9%
Misc Government 0.678 0.674 0.665 0.848 0.810 0.673 0.804 0.805 0.796 4.686 6.418
   month-over-month % change -37.0% -0.7% -1.3% -4.4% -4.5% -17.0% 0.7% 0.1% -1.1%    
   year-over-year % change 11.1% 2.0% -13.6% 65.7% 36.7% -1.2% 84.4% 72.2% 63.5% 71.0% 37.0%
TOTAL INSTITUTIONAL 13.353 9.850 7.614 13.434 12.642 10.272 10.599 10.425 10.307 87.252 86.209
   month-over-month % change -9.3% -26.2% -22.7% 8.2% -5.9% -18.7% -1.4% -1.6% -1.1%    
   year-over-year % change -11.7% -17.4% -15.7% 2.1% -4.2% -14.6% 7.3% 3.7% 2.9% 27.1% -1.2%
Misc Non Residential 0.597 0.686 0.594 0.731 0.731 0.626 0.674 0.657 0.642 5.819 4.872
   month-over-month % change -34.2% 14.9% -13.5% 3.1% -0.1% -14.4% -2.1% -2.6% -2.3%    
   year-over-year % change -22.2% -23.3% -23.2% -0.1% -9.9% -22.9% 17.3% 6.9% 0.8% 90.5% -16.3%
TOTAL NONRES BUILDING 25.345 19.256 15.270 26.755 24.349 19.957 23.999 23.587 22.907 208.161 192.417
   month-over-month % change -10.9% -24.0% -20.7% -5.7% -9.0% -18.0% -2.5% -1.7% -2.9%    
   year-over-year % change -22.6% -20.4% -34.8% -13.3% -12.6% -25.5% 1.5% -0.9% -5.3% 31.3% -7.6%
Airports 0.422 0.707 0.839 0.555 0.627 0.656 0.808 0.805 0.723 4.356 6.379
   month-over-month % change -43.9% 67.3% 18.8% -29.4% 13.0% 4.6% 0.0% -0.3% -10.2%    
   year-over-year % change 0.2% -4.4% -53.9% 105.8% 29.2% -34.0% 83.9% 68.9% 25.7% 122.5% 46.5%
Roads/Highways 5.773 5.717 4.719 6.389 6.418 5.403 4.663 4.736 4.704 36.804 42.142
   month-over-month % change -25.6% -1.0% -17.5% 4.6% 0.5% -15.8% 1.4% 1.6% -0.7%    
   year-over-year % change 15.0% 18.0% -7.5% 20.1% 19.3% 8.3% 4.4% 7.6% 9.1% 0.4% 14.5%
Bridges 1.408 1.792 1.771 1.917 1.785 1.657 1.608 1.544 1.610 10.621 15.443
   month-over-month % change -34.6% 27.3% -1.2% -23.8% -6.9% -7.2% 1.8% -4.0% 4.3%    
   year-over-year % change 32.3% -30.1% 81.9% 66.8% 14.9% 8.0% 41.9% 21.6% 27.0% 25.2% 45.4%
Dams/Marine 0.236 0.661 0.351 0.455 0.476 0.416 0.336 0.358 0.360 2.524 3.098
   month-over-month % change -55.4% 180.0% -47.0% -2.3% 4.6% -12.5% -5.0% 6.8% 0.3%    
   year-over-year % change -47.2% 70.6% 4.1% 13.3% 19.3% 6.5% -22.4% -17.1% -14.5% -32.6% 22.8%
Water/Sewage 2.887 2.348 2.717 2.899 2.750 2.651 2.875 2.817 2.802 21.268 24.427
   month-over-month % change -4.3% -18.7% 15.7% 7.9% -5.1% -3.6% 0.8% -2.0% -0.5%    
   year-over-year % change 10.9% -22.7% -6.2% -12.2% -11.6% -6.9% 10.7% 8.4% 8.7% 11.0% 14.9%
Misc Civil 0.975 1.351 3.040 1.611 1.067 1.788 1.295 1.278 1.476 9.157 13.700
   month-over-month % change 11.4% 38.6% 125.1% -12.8% -33.8% 67.7% 1.3% -1.3% 15.5%    
   year-over-year % change 24.8% -13.1% 358.7% 36.1% -13.5% 79.0% -13.8% -14.4% 7.9% -29.5% 49.6%
TOTAL ENGINEERING 11.702 12.576 13.437 13.826 13.123 12.572 11.585 11.539 11.676 84.729 105.189
   month-over-month % change -22.5% 7.5% 6.8% -4.0% -5.1% -4.2% 1.0% -0.4% 1.2%    
   year-over-year % change 13.2% -4.2% 14.0% 18.9% 7.9% 7.0% 9.6% 8.1% 11.0% 2.1% 24.1%
GRAND TOTAL 68.980 57.951 52.480 68.736 65.273 59.804 59.872 59.498 59.084 477.781 502.823
   month-over-month % change 0.1% -16.0% -9.4% -1.1% -5.0% -8.4% 0.0% -0.6% -0.7%    
   year-over-year % change 0.4% -7.2% -8.7% 1.3% 0.4% -4.9% 6.7% 5.3% 3.8% 19.8% 5.2%
NONRES BLDG + ENGINEERING 37.047 31.832 28.708 40.581 37.473 32.529 35.584 35.126 34.583 292.890 297.606
   month-over-month % change -14.9% -14.1% -9.8% -5.1% -7.7% -13.2% -1.4% -1.3% -1.5%    
   year-over-year % change -14.0% -14.7% -18.5% -4.5% -6.3% -15.6% 4.0% 1.9% -0.4% 21.3% 1.6%

Data Source and Table: ConstructConnect.

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

Jan-AUG 2016 Jan-AUG 2017 % Change
Connecticut $2,033,975,400 $3,877,607,605 90.6%
Maine $797,224,860 $844,577,095 5.9%
Massachusetts $6,901,650,131 $6,722,919,746 -2.6%
New Hampshire $1,131,598,234 $708,249,814 -37.4%
Rhode Island $505,140,907 $691,043,113 36.8%
Vermont $599,844,804 $551,537,220 -8.1%
Total New England $11,969,434,336   $13,395,934,593   11.9%
New Jersey $7,395,971,104 $6,987,997,419 -5.5%
New York $16,702,160,913 $24,732,447,302 48.1%
Pennsylvania $10,140,779,303 $9,983,370,737 -1.6%
Total Middle Atlantic $34,238,911,320   $41,703,815,458   21.8%
TOTAL NORTHEAST $46,208,345,656   $55,099,750,051   19.2%
Illinois $8,842,914,303 $9,977,872,790 12.8%
Indiana $4,596,294,889 $4,486,992,291 -2.4%
Michigan $7,794,744,330 $12,342,430,175 58.3%
Ohio $9,027,688,908 $9,388,532,221 4.0%
Wisconsin $5,974,156,286 $6,486,894,784 8.6%
Total East North Central $36,235,798,716   $42,682,722,261   17.8%
Iowa $3,771,616,058 $3,672,394,993 -2.6%
Kansas $2,719,264,196 $2,139,698,296 -21.3%
Minnesota $6,110,030,625 $5,840,986,676 -4.4%
Missouri $5,435,750,679 $5,221,625,940 -3.9%
Nebraska $2,175,283,268 $2,588,041,649 19.0%
North Dakota $1,747,751,934 $1,248,660,553 -28.6%
South Dakota $1,092,887,286 $1,098,928,540 0.6%
Total West North Central $23,052,584,046   $21,810,336,647   -5.4%
TOTAL MIDWEST $59,288,382,762   $64,493,058,908   8.8%
Delaware $706,069,878 $1,016,077,803 43.9%
District of Columbia $1,640,193,494 $1,759,565,317 7.3%
Florida $17,588,303,305 $19,813,890,444 12.7%
Georgia $10,139,947,832 $7,695,021,971 -24.1%
Maryland $8,105,699,095 $4,464,932,177 -44.9%
North Carolina $9,856,807,843 $8,972,028,674 -9.0%
South Carolina $4,552,913,303 $5,382,987,161 18.2%
Virginia $7,141,480,944 $7,205,253,880 0.9%
West Virginia $739,346,645 $774,385,267 4.7%
Total South Atlantic $60,470,762,339   $57,084,142,694   -5.6%
Alabama $3,268,057,700 $3,658,360,461 11.9%
Kentucky $4,900,061,937 $2,518,378,615 -48.6%
Mississippi $2,044,802,221 $1,626,078,017 -20.5%
Tennessee $5,777,661,490 $4,133,508,256 -28.5%
Total East South Central $15,990,583,348   $11,936,325,349   -25.4%
Arkansas $1,955,435,435 $1,943,354,069 -0.6%
Louisiana $6,006,695,777 $4,215,949,612 -29.8%
Oklahoma $3,453,099,991 $4,510,259,433 30.6%
Texas $35,973,166,368 $31,060,417,389 -13.7%
Total West South Central $47,388,397,571   $41,729,980,503   -11.9%
TOTAL SOUTH $123,849,743,258   $110,750,448,546   -10.6%
Arizona $4,500,481,322 $4,452,169,491 -1.1%
Colorado $4,700,502,145 $4,553,342,505 -3.1%
Idaho $1,047,150,512 $1,043,114,499 -0.4%
Montana $885,812,505 $740,458,860 -16.4%
Nevada $3,113,656,290 $2,116,524,343 -32.0%
New Mexico $1,227,533,464 $1,373,690,183 11.9%
Utah $4,125,436,762 $4,039,486,315 -2.1%
Wyoming $1,191,078,011 $754,231,702 -36.7%
Total Mountain $20,791,651,011   $19,073,017,898   -8.3%
Alaska $1,136,034,673 $1,358,324,399 19.6%
California $27,865,517,491 $34,086,512,928 22.3%
Hawaii $2,407,336,837 $1,273,220,498 -47.1%
Oregon $3,893,405,476 $4,185,279,655 7.5%
Washington $7,449,389,812 $7,286,571,572 -2.2%
Total Pacific $42,751,684,289   $48,189,909,052   12.7%
TOTAL WEST $63,543,335,300   $67,262,926,950   5.9%
TOTAL U.S. $292,889,806,976   $297,606,184,455   1.6%

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

Data Source and Table: ConstructConnect.

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