Boosted by Hotels and Manufacturing, ConstructConnect’s May Starts Were +14%

ConstructConnect announced today that May’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential activity, was $50.9 billion — a month-to-month change of +14.1%. The historical ‘seasonality’ improvement from April to May has been +8%. But it wasn’t the balmier time of year that drove May’s starts upward. Rather, the latest month was boosted by big hotel and manufacturing projects. Foxconn Technology’s $10 billion project in Wisconsin was a standout.

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May of this year versus the same month of last year was +12.5%. May of this year versus the five-year average for May, from 2013 through 2017, was ahead by more than half, +51%.

Starts early in 2018 were at a disadvantage vis-à-vis last year due to the exceptional strength that was evident in the first quarter of 2017. With each new month, however, the year-to-date comparison has been improving. Whereas year-to-date March 2018 was -22% relative to the same time frame in 2017, year-to-date April 2018 was -15% and year-to-date May 2018, -8%.  

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 April report was 56%; the latter’s share was 44%.

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., May 2018) is one month ahead of the reporting period for the investment series (i.e., April 2018.)

May 2018’s Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) records a +25,000-jobs gain in construction employment in the latest month. 2018’s average monthly pickup in construction employment has been +28,000, more than one-third (+35%) greater than January-to-May 2017’s average monthly climb of +20,000. The unemployment rate among construction workers has fallen to only 4.4%. In April, it had been 6.5%; in May 2017, 5.3%.

For total U.S. jobs, the year-over-year percentage change in May was +1.6%; for ‘services’ jobs, +1.7%; and for manufacturing, +2.1%. The construction sector performed much better, at +4.1%. Within ‘hard hat’ work, residential was out front, +5.9%, with nonres building, +2.5%, and civil, +1.7%, playing catch-up. In other segments of the economy with close ties to construction, May 2018’s year-over-year jobs performances were: ‘real estate’, +2.3%; ‘architectural and engineering services’, +2.5%; ‘building material stores’, +4.2%; and ‘oil and gas extraction’, also +4.2%.

The +14.1% hike in total nonresidential starts month to month (m/m) in May was mainly due to a dramatic surge in industrial strts (+1148.1%), with commercial also perkier (+12.7%), but to a far less degree. Industrial’s spark came from one mega-sized project (Foxconn) and one plus-sized project (Ford) in manufacturing (see Top 10 list on page 4). Institutional (-8.0%) and heavy engineering starts (-25.4%) were both down in May on a latest-month versus prior-month basis.

The +12.5% upward jog in total nonresidential starts in May 2018 relative to May 2017 (y/y) was again primarily thanks to industrial work (+641.4%), with engineering (+8.6%) playing a role as well. Commercial (-5.5%) and institutional (-27.6%) failed to make forward progress.

As for the January-to-May 2018 versus January-to-May 2017 (ytd) decline in total nonres starts of -8.0%, the culprits were commercial (-24.3%) and institutional (-16.3%). Providing a helping hand in the opposite direction were heavy engineering (+9.4%) and industrial (+33.2%).

The subcategory accounting for the largest share of commercial starts so far this year has been ‘hotels/motels’ (a 24% slice). In May, groundbreakings on travelers’ accommodations were: +143.7% m/m; and +121.7% y/y; but -15.2% ytd. Claiming second spot with respect to prominence (a 20% share) within commercial to date this year has been the ‘private office’ designation, although its numbers have been bleak: -66.5% m/m; -64.3% y/y; and -30.4% ytd.

More than half (57%) of institutional to date in 2018 has originated in ‘schools/colleges’, although such work has been faltering: -5.5% m/m; -27.8% y/y; and -12.2% ytd. The runner-up subcategory for share within institutional has been ‘hospitals/clinics’ (13%), but its health has been under the weather too: -32.5% m/m; -44.1% y/y; and -27.2% ytd. ‘Nursing/assisted living’ starts (a 9% share) have also been negative, but less so: -2.1% m/m; -10.5% y/y; and -3.8% ytd.

The ‘road/highway’ subcategory (a 37% share) has been dominant within engineering starts through May in 2018. Such street starts have been: -4.0% m/m; but +10.6% y/y; and +7.5% ytd. Second most important in engineering starts has been the ‘miscellaneous civil’ subcategory (a 24% share). Power and pipeline projects in May were: -8.1% m/m; but +23.8% y/y; and +105.4% ytd.

‘Water/sewage’ starts (19% of civil) in the latest month were +9.3% m/m and +26.6% y/y, but -16.1% ytd and bridge starts (a 13% share) were -13.2% m/m; -11.1% y/y and -8.7% ytd. 

The six graphs show 12-month moving average trend lines of starts for many of the major type-of-construction subcategories. The charts highlight the downturns of late for ‘retail’, ‘private office buildings’, ‘schools/colleges’ and ‘hospitals/clinics’. Offering encouragement, though, have been recent upturns by ‘roads/highways’, ‘water/sewage’ and ‘miscellaneous civil’.

Tables B-3 and B-8 of the monthly Employment Situation report record average hourly and average weekly wages for industry sectors. B-3 is for all employees (i.e., including bosses) on nonfarm payrolls; B-8 is for ‘production and non-supervisory personnel’ only (i.e., it excludes bosses). For ‘all jobs’ and construction, there are eight relevant percentage changes to consider.

From Table B-3, the annual compensation increases in May 2018 for ‘all jobs’ nationally were +2.7% hourly and +3.0% weekly. Workers in construction experienced earnings headway that was faster, +3.2% hourly and +4.3% weekly. From the more narrowly focused Table B-8 (i.e., excluding bosses), the ‘all jobs’ increases were +2.8% hourly and +3.4% weekly. Once again, employees on construction sites enjoyed pay check increases that were speedier: +3.6% hourly and +4.7% weekly. With respect to concerns about inflation potentially heating up due to input cost increases, it’s worth noting that labor charges have mostly moved above +3.0% y/y.

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 – May 2018 PDF.

Click here for the Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. – May 2018.

Click here for the Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs – May 2018.

TABLE 1: VALUE OF UNITED STATES
CONSTRUCTION STARTS – MAY 2018
(CONSTRUCTCONNECT)

% Change % Change % Change
Jan-MAY 18 Jan-MAY 18 vs  MAY 18 vs MAY 18 vs
($ billions) Jan-MAY 17 MAY 17 APR 18
           
Hotel/Motel 12.402 -15.2% 121.7% 143.7%
Retail 7.337 -16.2% -18.2% -9.0%
Parking Garage 1.220 -30.7% 4.7% 99.1%
Amusement 3.176 3.9% 2.4% 19.1%
Private Office  10.751 -30.4% -64.3% -66.5%
Government Office 3.944 -12.5% 16.0% 10.7%
Laboratory 0.969 -24.9% -27.3% 3.0%
Warehouse 7.278 -19.4% 40.4% 68.2%
Miscellaneous Commercial 5.382 -50.4% -75.1% -60.6%
COMMERCIAL 52.460 -24.3% -5.5% 12.7%
     
INDUSTRIAL (Manufacturing) 15.676 33.2% 641.4% 1148.1%
     
Religious 0.752 -22.6% -5.3%   12.8%
Hospital/Clinic 6.369 -27.2% -44.1%   -32.5%
Nursing/Assisted Living 4.478 -3.8% -10.5%   -2.1%
Library/Museum 1.167 -26.7% -2.2%   71.3%
Police/Courthouse/Prison 2.748 -36.7% -4.3%   -26.7%
Military 2.026 33.5% 46.4%   313.9%
School/College 28.014 -12.2% -27.8%   -5.5%
Miscellaneous Government 3.398 -28.4% -71.5%   -64.2%
INSTITUTIONAL 48.951 -16.3% -27.6%   -8.0%
       
Miscellaneous Nonresidential 2.790 -12.5% -41.7%   -4.8%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 119.878 -16.0% 14.1%   43.5%
       
Airport 3.200 -28.0% -27.4%   11.3%
Road/Highway 26.774 7.5% 10.6%   -4.0%
Bridge 9.439 -8.7% -11.1%   -13.2%
Dam/Marine 2.126 11.2% -3.5%   -15.6%
Water/Sewage 13.812 -16.1% 26.6%   9.3%
Miscellaneous Civil 17.420 105.4% 23.8%   -81.1%
HEAVY ENGINEERING 72.771 9.4% 8.6%   -25.4%
     
TOTAL NONRESIDENTIAL 192.649 -8.0% 12.5% 14.1%

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

TABLE 2: VALUE OF UNITED STATES
CONSTRUCTION STARTS
CONSTRUCTCONNECT INSIGHT VERSION – MAY 2018
Arranged to match the alphabetical category drop-down menus in INSIGHT

  % Change     % Change % Change
Jan-May 18 Jan-May 18 vs     May 18 vs May 18 vs
($ billions) Jan-May 17     May 17 Apr 18
           
Summary      
CIVIL 72.771 9.4%     8.6% -25.4%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 119.878 -16.0%     14.1% 43.5%
RESIDENTIAL   120.281 -8.1%     -4.1% -7.6%
GRAND TOTAL   312.931 -8.0%     6.3% 5.7%
 
Verticals  
Airport 3.200 -28.0%     -27.4% 11.3%
All Other Civil 12.829 175.4%     12.8% -84.6%
Bridges 9.439 -8.7%     -11.1% -13.2%
Dams / Canals / Marine Work 2.126 11.2%     -3.5% -15.6%
Power Infrastructure 4.592 20.1%     63.1% -56.8%
Roads 26.774 7.5%     10.6% -4.0%
    Water and Sewage Treatment 13.812 -16.1%     26.6% 9.3%
CIVIL     72.771 9.4%     8.6% -25.4%
Offices (private) 10.751 -30.4%     -64.3% -66.5%
Parking Garages 1.220 -30.7%     4.7% 99.1%
  Transportation Terminals 3.219 52.5%     63.4% -76.5%
Commercial (small subset) 15.190 -21.4%     -41.2% -61.2%
Amusement 3.176 3.9%     2.4% 19.1%
Libraries / Museums 1.167 -26.7%     -2.2% 71.3%
Religious 0.752 -22.6%     -5.3% 12.8%
  Sports Arenas / Convention Centers 2.162 -75.3%     -85.7% -4.4%
Community 7.257 -49.5%     -62.6% 17.2%
College / University 7.599 -34.4%     -52.8% -13.5%
Elementary / Pre School 8.302 1.0%     -15.3% 3.0%
Jr / Sr High School 11.415 0.1%     -11.9% -6.8%
  Special / Vocational 0.697 -0.4%     -54.3% -13.6%
Educational 28.014 -12.2%     -27.8% -5.5%
Courthouses 0.383 -80.0%     55.7% 18.6%
Fire and Police Stations 1.113 -7.2%     -36.3% 5.2%
Government Offices 3.944 -12.5%     16.0% 10.7%
  Prisons 1.252 2.0%     71.9% -53.5%
Government 6.693 -24.4%     7.6% -6.8%
Industrial Labs / Labs / School Labs 0.969 -24.9%     -27.3% 3.0%
Manufacturing 15.676 33.2%     641.4% 1148.1%
  Warehouses 7.278 -19.4%     40.4% 68.2%
Industrial 23.923 8.3%     293.7% 449.2%
Hospitals / Clinics 6.369 -27.2%     -44.1% -32.5%
Medical Misc. 3.398 -28.4%     -71.5% -64.2%
  Nursing Homes 4.478 -3.8%     -10.5% -2.1%
Medical   14.244 -21.5%     -44.1% -33.4%
Military   2.026 33.5%     46.4% 313.9%
Hotels 12.402 -15.2%     121.7% 143.7%
Retail Misc. 2.790 -12.5%     -41.7% -4.8%
    Shopping 7.337 -16.2%     -18.2% -9.0%
  Retail   22.530 -15.2%     42.9% 68.6%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 119.878 -16.0%     14.1% 43.5%
Multi-Family 32.014 -37.0%     -33.7% -19.8%
    Single-Family 88.267 10.1%     10.0% -3.3%
RESIDENTIAL   120.281 -8.1%     -4.1% -7.6%
NONRESIDENTIAL 192.649 -8.0%     12.5% 14.1%
GRAND TOTAL   312.931 -8.0%     6.3% 5.7%

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 – MAY 2018 – 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-MAY JAN-MAY
MAR 18 APR 18 MAY 18 MAR 18 APR 18 MAY 18 MAR 18 APR 18 MAY 18 2017 2018
Single Family 17.875 20.827 20.135 15.768 17.935 19.612 16.988 17.188 17.340 80.134 88.267
   month-over-month % change 18.4% 16.5% -3.3% 11.6% 13.7% 9.4% 0.6% 1.2% 0.9%    
   year-over-year % change 7.8% 13.1% 10.0% 9.0% 9.6% 10.4% 8.0% 8.6% 8.7% 6.2% 10.1%
Apartment 6.123 7.202 5.775 6.346 6.121 6.366 8.660 8.396 8.151 50.813 32.014
   month-over-month % change 21.5% 17.6% -19.8% 0.8% -3.5% 4.0% -5.8% -3.1% -2.9%    
   year-over-year % change -51.1% -30.6% -33.7% -40.0% -43.2% -39.6% 5.4% 0.7% -3.4% 39.1% -37.0%
TOTAL RESIDENTIAL 23.998 28.029 25.910 22.114 24.056 25.979 25.648 25.584 25.491 130.947 120.281
   month-over-month % change 19.1% 16.8% -7.6% 8.3% 8.8% 8.0% -1.6% -0.3% -0.4%    
   year-over-year % change -17.5% -2.7% -4.1% -11.7% -11.4% -8.2% 7.1% 5.9% 4.5% 17.0% -8.1%
Hotel/Motel 1.285 2.171 5.292 1.647 1.660 2.916 2.056 1.947 2.189 14.628 12.402
   month-over-month % change -15.7% 69.0% 143.7% 2.4% 0.8% 75.7% -11.4% -5.3% 12.4%    
   year-over-year % change -71.2% -37.7% 121.7% -43.6% -53.2% -15.4% -1.6% -11.9% -3.4% 90.4% -15.2%
Retail 1.648 1.526 1.389 1.474 1.410 1.521 1.579 1.560 1.534 8.753 7.337
   month-over-month % change 55.9% -7.4% -9.0% 13.6% -4.3% 7.9% 0.1% -1.2% -1.7%    
   year-over-year % change 1.6% -13.0% -18.2% -16.6% -22.7% -10.1% -40.4% -37.5% -35.5% -43.6% -16.2%
Parking Garages 0.160 0.247 0.491 0.161 0.169 0.299 0.273 0.246 0.248 1.760 1.220
   month-over-month % change 57.8% 54.6% 99.1% -44.9% 5.2% 76.9% -8.7% -9.8% 0.7%    
   year-over-year % change -66.2% -56.6% 4.7% -33.3% -55.2% -40.6% -33.9% -34.1% -28.8% -17.3% -30.7%
Amusement 0.592 0.614 0.731 0.610 0.563 0.646 0.664 0.662 0.663 3.056 3.176
   month-over-month % change 22.9% 3.6% 19.1% -13.0% -7.8% 14.8% -0.2% -0.4% 0.2%    
   year-over-year % change -2.5% -5.5% 2.4% 8.2% -8.2% -1.7% 18.8% 16.8% 14.2% 19.6% 3.9%
Office 1.259 2.253 0.754 2.581 2.633 1.422 2.130 2.133 2.020 15.446 10.751
   month-over-month % change -71.3% 79.0% -66.5% 2.8% 2.0% -46.0% -5.2% 0.2% -5.3%    
   year-over-year % change -52.7% 1.9% -64.3% -30.4% -25.4% -38.9% -12.8% -13.5% -18.5% 31.3% -30.4%
Governmental Offices 0.557 0.954 1.055 0.645 0.773 0.855 0.809 0.814 0.826 4.507 3.944
   month-over-month % change -31.2% 71.3% 10.7% 4.6% 19.8% 10.6% -7.1% 0.6% 1.5%    
   year-over-year % change -57.3% 6.0% 16.0% -28.2% -12.7% -17.6% -22.8% -21.2% -19.9% -14.1% -12.5%
Laboratories 0.347 0.269 0.277 0.141 0.216 0.298 0.236 0.225 0.216 1.290 0.969
   month-over-month % change 977.9% -22.6% 3.0% 13.9% 53.2% 37.8% 5.3% -5.0% -3.8%    
   year-over-year % change 70.6% -34.5% -27.3% -15.1% -17.9% -10.2% 48.6% 21.6% 19.2% -57.5% -24.9%
Warehouse 1.073 1.385 2.330 1.188 1.207 1.596 1.590 1.554 1.610 9.027 7.278
   month-over-month % change -7.7% 29.1% 68.2% -2.1% 1.6% 32.2% -6.4% -2.3% 3.6%    
   year-over-year % change -54.7% -23.8% 40.4% -35.8% -38.7% -18.1% 9.3% 2.4% 5.8% 62.3% -19.4%
Misc Commercial 0.901 2.324 0.916 0.714 1.132 1.380 1.395 1.387 1.158 10.856 5.382
   month-over-month % change 426.0% 158.0% -60.6% -44.8% 58.5% 21.9% -9.5% -0.6% -16.6%    
   year-over-year % change -66.2% -3.8% -75.1% -55.1% -41.1% -52.7% 28.5% 17.3% -17.5% 63.3% -50.4%
TOTAL COMMERCIAL 7.820 11.743 13.235 9.161 9.762 10.933 10.733 10.527 10.463 69.323 52.460
   month-over-month % change -19.6% 50.2% 12.7% -5.2% 6.6% 12.0% -6.2% -1.9% -0.6%    
   year-over-year % change -52.2% -17.4% -5.5% -33.1% -34.6% -26.4% -9.8% -12.5% -14.1% 15.2% -24.3%
TOTAL INDUSTRIAL  (Manufacturing) 0.867 0.927 11.567 1.061 1.090 4.454 1.799 1.703 2.537 11.767 15.676
   month-over-month % change -41.3% 7.0% 1148.1% 14.8% 2.7% 308.8% -10.3% -5.3% 49.0%    
   year-over-year % change -74.2% -55.3% 641.4% -60.9% -48.0% 91.2% -12.0% 10.4% 61.3% -10.1% 33.2%
Religious 0.172 0.168 0.189 0.132 0.146 0.176 0.181 0.169 0.168 0.971 0.752
   month-over-month % change 72.4% -2.4% 12.8% 8.5% 11.0% 20.4% 1.3% -6.6% -0.5%    
   year-over-year % change 20.2% -46.3% -5.3% -13.9% -26.5% -19.3% 20.1% 2.5% 1.6% 34.4% -22.6%
Hosptials/Clinics 0.486 1.720 1.161 1.163 1.054 1.122 1.269 1.246 1.170 8.748 6.369
   month-over-month % change -49.2% 253.7% -32.5% -4.8% -9.3% 6.5% -7.6% -1.8% -6.1%    
   year-over-year % change -71.9% -13.5% -44.1% -25.5% -37.9% -41.9% -26.6% -28.3% -34.5% 0.1% -27.2%
Nursing/Assisted Living 0.618 0.945 0.926 0.869 0.741 0.830 1.014 0.980 0.971 4.655 4.478
   month-over-month % change -6.3% 52.9% -2.1% -8.5% -14.7% 11.9% -0.6% -3.4% -0.9%    
   year-over-year % change -11.3% -30.7% -10.5% 15.4% -28.9% -19.6% 25.6% 15.6% 14.6% 10.2% -3.8%
Libraries/Museums 0.138 0.196 0.335 0.212 0.158 0.223 0.274 0.263 0.263 1.591 1.167
   month-over-month % change -3.1% 42.0% 71.3% -3.9% -25.3% 40.6% -8.8% -3.9% -0.2%    
   year-over-year % change -69.7% -39.4% -2.2% -31.3% -43.8% -40.3% -4.1% -10.4% -11.1% 26.5% -26.7%
Police/Courthouse/Prison 0.419 0.837 0.614 0.432 0.515 0.624 0.571 0.568 0.566 4.341 2.748
   month-over-month % change 44.7% 99.8% -26.7% -5.5% 19.2% 21.0% -0.2% -0.5% -0.4%    
   year-over-year % change -3.1% -4.0% -4.3% -54.1% -44.7% -3.9% -10.2% -15.9% -16.1% 93.8% -36.7%
Military 0.286 0.221 0.917 0.296 0.280 0.475 0.428 0.419 0.443 1.518 2.026
   month-over-month % change -14.1% -22.4% 313.9% 0.5% -5.4% 69.6% 2.0% -2.1% 5.8%    
   year-over-year % change 54.8% -32.6% 46.4% 57.8% 39.6% 25.0% 16.7% 8.2% 6.1% 28.5% 33.5%
Schools/Colleges 5.981 7.157 6.765 4.697 5.617 6.634 5.662 5.666 5.449 31.912 28.014
   month-over-month % change 61.1% 19.7% -5.5% 24.1% 19.6% 18.1% -0.5% 0.1% -3.8%    
   year-over-year % change -5.5% 0.7% -27.8% -8.7% -1.8% -12.7% -4.7% -3.7% -9.0% 5.9% -12.2%
Misc Government 0.645 1.011 0.362 0.675 0.677 0.673 0.850 0.861 0.785 4.744 3.398
   month-over-month % change 72.7% 56.8% -64.2% 8.3% 0.2% -0.6% -2.0% 1.2% -8.8%    
   year-over-year % change -24.4% 13.9% -71.5% -21.8% -24.5% -32.9% 17.4% 12.8% -5.0% 79.4% -28.4%
TOTAL INSTITUTIONAL 8.745 12.255 11.269 8.476 9.189 10.756 10.250 10.173 9.815 58.481 48.951
   month-over-month % change 33.2% 40.1% -8.0% 10.5% 8.4% 17.1% -1.7% -0.8% -3.5%    
   year-over-year % change -19.2% -7.0% -27.6% -14.5% -16.2% -18.4% -3.6% -5.4% -10.8% 14.3% -16.3%
Misc Non Residential 0.587 0.611 0.582 0.532 0.541 0.593 0.640 0.638 0.603 3.187 2.790
   month-over-month % change 38.4% 4.1% -4.8% 11.7% 1.6% 9.7% -0.2% -0.3% -5.4%    
   year-over-year % change -2.0% -4.0% -41.7% 2.9% -4.3% -20.3% -6.9% -6.9% -14.4% -5.8% -12.5%
TOTAL NONRES BUILDING 18.019 25.536 36.653 19.230 20.582 26.736 23.422 23.041 23.419 142.758 119.878
   month-over-month % change -0.9% 41.7% 43.5% 2.7% 7.0% 29.9% -4.5% -1.6% 1.6%    
   year-over-year % change -42.2% -15.2% 14.1% -28.4% -27.9% -14.1% -7.3% -7.9% -8.0% 11.7% -16.0%
Airports 0.816 0.518 0.577 0.702 0.550 0.637 0.961 0.960 0.941 4.445 3.200
   month-over-month % change 159.7% -36.5% 11.3% 40.4% -21.7% 15.9% -2.0% -0.2% -1.9%    
   year-over-year % change -22.8% -3.5% -27.4% -32.4% -51.8% -20.0% 31.2% 24.7% 16.1% 223.6% -28.0%
Roads/Highways 6.802 6.743 6.473 4.519 5.494 6.673 4.431 4.527 4.579 24.915 26.774
   month-over-month % change 131.6% -0.9% -4.0% 47.9% 21.6% 21.5% 3.4% 2.2% 1.1%    
   year-over-year % change 35.2% 20.6% 10.6% 0.6% 9.4% 21.5% -1.0% -0.5% 1.4% 14.1% 7.5%
Bridges 1.646 2.192 1.902 1.782 1.891 1.913 1.658 1.659 1.639 10.334 9.439
   month-over-month % change -10.2% 33.1% -13.2% 0.5% 6.1% 1.2% -7.4% 0.1% -1.2%    
   year-over-year % change -49.0% 0.6% -11.1% -11.1% -14.6% -23.9% 17.9% 12.4% 4.5% 71.7% -8.7%
Dams/Marine 0.312 0.625 0.528 0.324 0.423 0.488 0.445 0.444 0.442 1.912 2.126
   month-over-month % change -6.3% 100.5% -15.6% -13.8% 30.6% 15.3% 0.7% -0.2% -0.4%    
   year-over-year % change 14.6% -1.8% -3.5% 33.5% 20.0% 0.7% 37.7% 29.3% 23.3% 41.6% 11.2%
Water/Sewage 2.094 3.371 3.683 2.253 2.419 3.049 2.335 2.391 2.455 16.460 13.812
   month-over-month % change 16.9% 61.0% 9.3% 5.3% 7.4% 26.1% -0.6% 2.4% 2.7%    
   year-over-year % change -7.5% 24.6% 26.6% -37.7% -3.1% 16.1% -21.9% -18.0% -13.9% 29.3% -16.1%
Misc Civil 7.927 5.598 1.057 3.588 4.726 4.861 2.752 2.968 2.984 8.482 17.420
   month-over-month % change 1117.3% -29.4% -81.1% 214.3% 31.7% 2.9% 22.8% 7.8% 0.6%    
   year-over-year % change 344.1% 85.5% 23.8% 133.5% 107.0% 157.8% 129.5% 122.5% 131.1% 37.7% 105.4%
TOTAL ENGINEERING 19.598 19.048 14.219 13.168 15.502 17.622 12.582 12.947 13.041 66.547 72.771
   month-over-month % change 149.3% -2.8% -25.4% 46.6% 17.7% 13.7% 4.1% 2.9% 0.7%    
   year-over-year % change 43.7% 29.9% 8.6% 1.9% 14.8% 27.7% 13.1% 13.7% 14.5% 34.5% 9.4%
GRAND TOTAL 61.616 72.612 76.781 54.513 60.140 70.336 61.652 61.572 61.951 340.252 312.931
   month-over-month % change 33.4% 17.8% 5.7% 13.2% 10.3% 17.0% -1.6% -0.1% 0.6%    
   year-over-year % change -16.6% -1.3% 6.3% -15.9% -13.1% -4.0% 2.2% 1.7% 1.1% 17.7% -8.0%
NONRES BLDG + ENGINEERING 37.617 44.583 50.871 32.398 36.084 44.357 36.004 35.988 36.460 209.305 192.649
   month-over-month % change 44.4% 18.5% 14.1% 16.9% 11.4% 22.9% -1.6% 0.0% 1.3%    
   year-over-year % change -16.0% -0.4% 12.5% -18.5% -14.2% -1.3% -1.1% -1.1% -1.1% 18.1% -8.0%

Data Source and Table: ConstructConnect.

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

Jan-MAY 2017 Jan-MAY 2018 % Change
Connecticut $2,231,963,153 $1,445,209,942 -35.2%
Maine $419,870,801 $471,564,596 12.3%
Massachusetts $4,581,024,687 $3,295,855,562 -28.1%
New Hampshire $533,640,183 $551,585,617 3.4%
Rhode Island $435,471,637 $644,387,282 48.0%
Vermont $310,356,710 $224,232,472 -27.8%
Total New England $8,512,327,171   $6,632,835,471   -22.1%
New Jersey $4,673,353,460 $3,527,447,725 -24.5%
New York $16,383,144,031 $9,278,024,719 -43.4%
Pennsylvania $5,706,311,627 $4,929,775,696 -13.6%
Total Middle Atlantic $26,762,809,118   $17,735,248,140   -33.7%
TOTAL NORTHEAST $35,275,136,289   $24,368,083,611   -30.9%
Illinois $6,371,711,984 $5,510,491,468 -13.5%
Indiana $3,017,166,233 $3,155,570,777 4.6%
Michigan $9,717,911,737 $4,526,505,092 -53.4%
Ohio $6,733,478,120 $5,792,946,996 -14.0%
Wisconsin $4,552,613,293 $13,829,540,930 203.8%
Total East North Central $30,392,881,367   $32,815,055,263   8.0%
Iowa $2,550,177,053 $2,389,054,262 -6.3%
Kansas $1,748,723,621 $2,606,357,488 49.0%
Minnesota $3,624,818,265 $3,517,570,005 -3.0%
Missouri $3,508,561,312 $3,639,375,549 3.7%
Nebraska $1,846,255,598 $1,086,919,412 -41.1%
North Dakota $915,838,483 $1,248,751,927 36.4%
South Dakota $1,000,955,606 $746,116,798 -25.5%
Total West North Central $15,195,329,938   $15,234,145,441   0.3%
TOTAL MIDWEST $45,588,211,305   $48,049,200,704   5.4%
Delaware $986,942,164 $486,837,109 -50.7%
District of Columbia $749,132,791 $2,066,316,863 175.8%
Florida $15,591,803,574 $11,879,088,308 -23.8%
Georgia $6,494,911,828 $4,956,269,639 -23.7%
Maryland $3,286,286,653 $3,288,022,068 0.1%
North Carolina $5,876,625,682 $5,653,345,527 -3.8%
South Carolina $3,568,428,482 $2,602,285,555 -27.1%
Virginia $5,491,262,941 $8,286,237,579 50.9%
West Virginia $491,934,283 $5,889,105,823 1097.1%
Total South Atlantic $42,537,328,398   $45,107,508,471   6.0%
Alabama $2,476,903,801 $2,633,781,299 6.3%
Kentucky $1,628,717,063 $1,867,465,173 14.7%
Mississippi $1,326,396,267 $1,040,488,704 -21.6%
Tennessee $2,686,620,242 $2,927,038,862 8.9%
Total East South Central $8,118,637,373   $8,468,774,038   4.3%
Arkansas $1,339,711,499 $1,176,495,911 -12.2%
Louisiana $3,437,083,472 $2,455,039,067 -28.6%
Oklahoma $3,215,258,528 $2,352,979,858 -26.8%
Texas $22,297,149,131 $18,020,623,798 -19.2%
Total West South Central $30,289,202,630   $24,005,138,634   -20.7%
TOTAL SOUTH $80,945,168,401   $77,581,421,143   -4.2%
Arizona $3,298,038,482 $5,116,369,311 55.1%
Colorado $3,023,104,893 $2,826,401,411 -6.5%
Idaho $571,715,216 $927,458,186 62.2%
Montana $467,463,160 $523,017,006 11.9%
Nevada $930,004,115 $2,566,634,524 176.0%
New Mexico $916,399,692 $877,345,999 -4.3%
Utah $3,307,155,918 $2,874,198,868 -13.1%
Wyoming $545,108,575 $560,892,683 2.9%
Total Mountain $13,058,990,051   $16,272,317,988   24.6%
Alaska $924,868,376 $910,624,341 -1.5%
California $25,799,522,364 $17,577,845,215 -31.9%
Hawaii $504,496,476 $891,518,418 76.7%
Oregon $2,780,376,422 $2,751,966,752 -1.0%
Washington $4,428,495,480 $4,246,449,410 -4.1%
Total Pacific $34,437,759,118   $26,378,404,136   -23.4%
TOTAL WEST $47,496,749,169   $42,650,722,124   -10.2%
TOTAL U.S. $209,305,265,164   $192,649,427,582   -8.0%

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

Data Source and Table: ConstructConnect.

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