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By: Alex Carrick on September 20th, 2016

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ConstructConnect's August Starts -2% vs July but +12% Year to Date

Industry Snapshot

ConstructConnect announced today that August’s level of U.S. construction starts, excluding residential work, was $33.8 billion, a month-to-month change of -2.0% versus July’s figure, which has been revised slightly upwards, of $34.5 billion. The mild decrease isn’t quite as large as the usual July-to-August change, due to seasonality, of -3.5%.

2016 09 19 US Non-residential Construction Starts August 2016

Looking ahead, the month-to-month tendency will be for declines through February of next year.

Compared with the same month of last year, the volume of starts in standalone August of this year was up by double digits, +11.4%. Equally impressive, year-to-date starts through the first two-thirds of 2016 have been +12.3 versus the same January-to-August period of 2015.

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 considerably 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 60%; the latter’s was 40%.


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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 2016) is one month ahead of the reporting period for the investment series (i.e., July 2016.)

August’s Employment Situation Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) records a month-to-month construction employment contraction of 6,000 jobs. The year-to-date number of on-site positions is now +43,000 (or +5,000 on average per month) compared with +140,000 (or +18,000 per month) during the first eight months of last year. Year-over-year employment in construction (+3.1%), however, is maintaining a considerably faster pace than for all jobs economy-wide (+1.7%). By comparison, manufacturing jobs are -0.3% year-over-year.

The ‘not seasonally adjusted’ (NSA) unemployment rate in construction in August deteriorated a bit, but remained tight, at 5.1%. In July, it had been 4.5%; in August 2015, 6.1%; and in August 2014, 7.7%. Anecdotally, contractors are complaining about their difficulties in finding workers.

The monthly Employment Situation Report also features two other data series with close ties to hard-hat construction. As a ‘leading’ indicator, – i.e., before there can be field activity, projects must be rendered into working drawings by design professionals − the total number of jobs in architectural and engineering services in August was +2.4% year over year. On a nominal basis, design services jobs are within +7,000 of matching their previous peak of 1.453 million achieved in February 2008. As a ‘coincident’ indicator, the total number of positions at retail outlets specializing in selling ‘building materials and supplies” is presently a quite positive +4.0%.

The -2.0% month-to-month decline in total stars originated in the institutional (-17.5%) and heavy engineering/civil (-8.8%) type-of-structure categories. Commercial work (+28.8%) managed a sizable jump in starts. The smaller-volume category of industrial (+9.9%) was also nicely ahead. (As a sidebar, industrial’s statistics, for any given time frame, can display wild percentage swings depending on the presence or absence of a mega project or two.)

August 2016’s rise of +11.4% in total starts versus August 2015’s level came mainly in commercial work (+61.7%). Institutional (+7.3%) was also on an upswing. Industrial (+0.1%) stayed flat. Engineering (-12.9%) was the only category to scamper backwards in retreat.

As for year-to-date starts so far in 2016, the commercial (+22.5%) and institutional (+17.5%) type-of-structure categories have delivered commendably upbeat news. Engineering (+4.3%) has registered a modest improvement. Unfortunately, industrial (-42.4%) has disappointed.

With a 30% share by year-to-date nominal value, ‘retail/shopping’ is the largest subcategory within commercial work. In August, the store component of starts was amazingly strong: +65.2% month over month (m/m); +162.1% year over year (y/y); and +63.7% year to date (ytd). The ‘private office building’ designation accounts for the second largest chunk (15%) of commercial work. In the latest month, it was +48.9% m/m; +26.1% y/y; and +41.1% ytd.

Government office buildings in August were +36.2% m/m; +19.1% y/y; and +20.2% ytd. Warehouse work was -44.5% m/m; but +83.7% y/y; and +19.9% ytd. ‘Hotel/motel’ starts were less bullish than most other commercial categories: +30.3% m/m; but -0.8% y/y; and -6.7% ytd.
Also noteworthy among commercial subcategories, there have been some large parking garage projects this year, mainly at airports, which have caused outsized percentage increases.

The two main subcategories in institutional work are ‘schools/colleges’ (with a 62% share) and ‘hospitals/clinics’ (a 15% slice). In August, the former was -7.9% m/m; but +10.7% y/y; and +13.3% ytd. The latter was -18.6% m/m; but +19.0% y/y; and a +39.4% ytd. Jobs at elementary and secondary schools are currently +3.2% y/y; at colleges and universities, +2.0%; and at hospitals, +3.4%. (The employment changes cited are based on seasonally-adjusted data.)

Engineering work is dominated by ‘roads/highways’ (with a 43% share) and ‘water/sewage’ (a one-quarter or 25% slice) projects. Street work in August was up m/m (+10.7%) and ytd (+1.6%), but down y/y (-13.1%). Starts on H2O projects were becalmed m/m (+0.2%), sinking y/y (-4.2%), but fountaining upward ytd (+11.7%). Bridge work in August was -21.2% m/m; and -3.7% y/y; but +16.4% ytd. The ‘miscellaneous civil/power’ grouping was down on all counts.

Table 2 re-orders 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.

A sharp divergence in patterns is emerging in the slopes of the 12-month trend graphs. The nonresidential building curves are moving smartly higher. Retail is on an especially sharp incline. The engineering subcategories, with the exception of bridges, are drooping.

On the wage front, construction workers are doing a little better than the employed U.S. labor force as a whole. Whereas August year-over-year average hourly and average weekly earnings for all employees across America, including bosses, were +2.4% and +1.5% respectively, in the construction industry, the comparable rises were +2.8% and +1.7%. Leaving out bosses and concentrating only on production workers, the hourly and weekly compensation gains for total jobs were +2.5% and +2.2%, which trailed construction’s climbs of +3.4% and +2.6%.

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.

A “start” is determined by taking the announced bid date and adding a short time lag (30 to 60 days). ConstructConnect continues to follow the project via its network of researchers. If it is abandoned or re-bid, the start date is updated to reflect the new information.

Click here to download the Construction Industry Snapshot Package - August 2016 PDF.

Click here for the Top 10 featured construction projects in the U.S. - August 2016.

Click here for the Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs - August 2016.

TABLE 1: VALUE OF UNITED STATES
CONSTRUCTION STARTS – AUGUST 2016
YEAR TO DATE
(CONSTRUCTCONNECT)

% Change % Change % Change
Jan-AUG 16 Jan-AUG 16 vs AUG 16 vs AUG 16 vs
($ billions) Jan-AUG 15 AUG 15 JUL 16
           
Hotel/Motel 8.832 -6.7% -0.8% 30.3%
Retail 23.539 63.7% 162.1% 65.2%
Parking Garage 4.429 138.7% 1553.6% 197.7%
Amusement 4.431 -1.7% -17.7% -22.7%
Private Office 12.061 41.1% 26.1% 48.9%
Government Office 8.947 20.2% 19.1% 36.2%
Laboratory 1.698 16.5% -34.2% 83.0%
Warehouse 7.898 19.9% 83.7% -44.5%
Miscellaneous Commercial 6.213 -34.4% -35.2% 5.2%
COMMERCIAL 78.047 22.5% 61.7% 28.8%
   
INDUSTRIAL (Manufacturing) 6.073 -42.4% 0.1% 9.9%
   
Religious 0.989 -12.1% 25.9%   -8.7%
Hospital/Clinic 12.040 39.4% 19.0%   -18.6%
Nursing/Assisted Living 4.714 48.7% 21.9%   -31.7%
Library/Museum 1.767 12.8% -79.6%   -46.0%
Police/Courthouse/Prison 4.133 0.7% 34.4%   -16.8%
Military 3.543 18.6% -42.5%   -55.5%
School/College 48.176 13.3% 10.7%   -7.9%
Miscellaneous Government 2.838 17.5% 70.1%   -36.1%
INSTITUTIONAL 78.200 17.5% 7.3%   -17.5%
     
Miscellaneous Nonresidential 5.845 92.3% 27.5%   -24.0%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 168.165 16.9% 31.2%   2.2%
     
Airport 4.078 108.3% 143.9%   107.1%
Road/Highway 37.279 1.6% -13.1%   10.7%
Bridge 9.646 16.4% -3.7%   -21.1%
Dam/Marine 2.446 -33.8% -27.0%   -0.5%
Water/Sewage 21.368 11.7% -4.2%   0.2%
Miscellaneous Civil 11.526 -11.4% -71.9%   -78.3%
HEAVY ENGINEERING 86.342 4.3% -12.9%   -8.8%
     
TOTAL NONRESIDENTIAL 254.507 12.3% 11.4% -2.0%

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

TABLE 2: VALUE OF UNITED STATES
CONSTRUCTION STARTS
CONSTRUCTCONNECT INSIGHT VERSION
– AUGUST 2016
Arranged to match the alphabetical category drop-down menus in INSIGHT

  % Change     % Change % Change
Jan-Aug 16 Jan-Aug 16 vs     Aug 16 vs Aug 16 vs
($ billions) Jan-Aug 15     Aug 15 Jul 16
           
Summary      
CIVIL 86.342 4.3%     -12.9% -8.8%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 168.165 16.9%     31.2% 2.2%
RESIDENTIAL   159.889 5.3%     4.8% 1.0%
GRAND TOTAL   414.396 9.5%     8.8% -0.8%
 
Verticals  
Airport 4.078 108.3%     143.9% 107.1%
All Other Civil 10.965 -11.9%     -72.4% -80.1%
Bridges 9.646 16.4%     -3.7% -21.1%
Dams / Canals / Marine Work 2.446 -33.8%     -27.0% -0.5%
Power Infrastructure 0.560 -1.2%     -66.6% -10.2%
Roads 37.279 1.6%     -13.1% 10.7%
    Water and Sewage Treatment 21.368 11.7%     -4.2% 0.2%
CIVIL     86.342 4.3%     -12.9% -8.8%
Offices (private) 12.061 41.1%     26.1% 48.9%
Parking Garages 4.429 138.7%     1553.6% 197.7%
  Transportation Terminals 2.862 -26.7%     -24.9% -37.7%
Commercial (small subset) 19.352 35.3%     92.6% 64.3%
Amusement 4.431 -1.7%     -17.7% -22.7%
Libraries / Museums 1.767 12.8%     -79.6% -46.0%
Religious 0.989 -12.1%     25.9% -8.7%
  Sports Arenas / Convention Centers 3.350 -39.8%     -41.8% 147.0%
Community 10.538 -17.4%     -40.1% -1.9%
College / University 15.461 8.5%     22.7% -11.2%
Elementary / Pre School 15.854 14.2%     -2.5% -22.4%
Jr / Sr High School 15.972 18.8%     15.5% 11.3%
  Special / Vocational 0.889 -7.3%     -20.5% -9.2%
Educational 48.176 13.3%     10.7% -7.9%
Courthouses 0.966 14.4%     58.2% -50.8%
Fire and Police Stations 1.757 50.3%     75.0% 23.5%
Government Offices 8.947 20.2%     19.1% 36.2%
  Prisons 1.411 -32.6%     -20.0% -20.3%
Government 13.081 13.2%     22.7% 16.8%
Industrial Labs / Labs / School Labs 1.698 16.5%     -34.2% 83.0%
Manufacturing 6.073 -42.4%     0.1% 9.9%
  Warehouses 7.898 19.9%     83.7% -44.5%
Industrial 15.669 -15.7%     45.1% -35.6%
Hospitals / Clinics 12.040 39.4%     19.0% -18.6%
Medical Misc. 2.838 17.5%     70.1% -36.1%
  Nursing Homes 4.714 48.7%     21.9% -31.7%
Medical   19.592 37.8%     27.3% -25.8%
Military   3.543 18.6%     -42.5% -55.5%
Hotels 8.832 -6.7%     -0.8% 30.3%
Retail Misc. 5.845 92.3%     27.5% -24.0%
    Shopping 23.539 63.7%     162.1% 65.2%
  Retail   38.216 42.1%     86.0% 41.2%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 168.165 16.9%     31.2% 2.2%
Multi-Family 32.931 -4.5%     -2.4% 5.0%
    Single-Family 126.957 8.2%     6.5% 0.2%
RESIDENTIAL   159.889 5.3%     4.8% 1.0%
NONRESIDENTIAL 254.507 12.3%     11.4% -2.0%
GRAND TOTAL   414.396 9.5%     8.8% -0.8%

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 2016 – 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 AUG AUG
JUN 16 JUL 16 AUG 16 JUN 16 JUL 16 AUG 16 JUN 16 JUL 16 AUG 16 2015 2016
Single Family 17.773 16.890 16.927 17.251 17.110 17.196 15.161 15.147 15.233 117.324 126.957
month-over-month % change 6.6% -5.0% 0.2% 5.6% -0.8% 0.5% 0.5% -0.1% 0.6%    
year-over-year % change 5.4% -1.0% 6.5% 3.5% 2.4% 3.6% 12.6% 10.4% 9.4% 15.6% 8.2%
Apartment 3.552 3.488 3.663 4.004 3.666 3.568 4.318 4.178 4.170 34.487 32.931
month-over-month % change -10.3% -1.8% 5.0% -10.5% -8.5% -2.7% -1.9% -3.3% -0.2%    
year-over-year % change -22.2% -32.6% -2.4% -12.0% -24.7% -20.7% 4.6% -1.5% 0.3% -3.3% -4.5%
TOTAL RESIDENTIAL 21.324 20.378 20.590 21.255 20.776 20.764 19.479 19.325 19.403 151.811 159.889
month-over-month % change 3.4% -4.4% 1.0% 2.2% -2.3% -0.1% 0.0% -0.8% 0.4%    
year-over-year % change -0.5% -8.3% 4.8% 0.2% -3.7% -1.6% 10.7% 7.6% 7.3% 10.7% 5.3%
Hotel/Motel 1.186 0.863 1.124 1.198 1.124 1.057 1.068 1.075 1.074 9.470 8.832
month-over-month % change -10.5% -27.3% 30.3% -2.8% -6.2% -6.0% -13.8% 0.7% -0.1%    
year-over-year % change -63.4% 11.1% -0.8% -25.9% -28.6% -38.3% 4.4% 3.6% 3.5% 64.8% -6.7%
Retail 4.785 2.658 4.390 3.056 3.240 3.944 2.353 2.423 2.649 14.378 23.539
month-over-month % change 110.2% -44.5% 65.2% 15.3% 6.0% 21.7% 3.8% 2.9% 9.3%    
year-over-year % change 27.2% 45.6% 162.1% 30.1% 27.5% 62.9% 30.3% 35.5% 47.7% 8.2% 63.7%
Parking Garages 0.624 0.408 1.216 0.525 0.603 0.749 0.333 0.322 0.417 1.856 4.429
month-over-month % change -19.7% -34.5% 197.7% 47.8% 14.8% 24.3% 10.0% -3.2% 29.5%    
year-over-year % change 139.2% -23.9% 1553.6% 119.6% 59.2% 158.2% 53.8% 30.4% 87.9% 45.8% 138.7%
Amusement 0.359 0.517 0.399 0.436 0.437 0.425 0.516 0.515 0.508 4.510 4.431
month-over-month % change -17.6% 43.9% -22.7% -6.3% 0.4% -2.8% -4.2% -0.1% -1.4%    
year-over-year % change -43.2% -1.6% -17.7% -9.5% -23.1% -22.4% -20.6% -21.9% -16.4% -8.3% -1.7%
Office 1.370 0.868 1.293 1.172 1.134 1.177 1.345 1.347 1.369 8.546 12.061
month-over-month % change 17.7% -36.6% 48.9% -31.3% -3.2% 3.8% 1.1% 0.1% 1.7%    
year-over-year % change 14.6% 2.2% 26.1% 25.7% 14.0% 15.0% 11.8% 13.3% 16.5% -37.4% 41.1%
Governmental Offices 1.182 1.061 1.446 1.094 1.089 1.230 0.998 0.948 0.968 7.446 8.947
month-over-month % change 15.3% -10.2% 36.2% -8.2% -0.5% 12.9% 3.1% -4.9% 2.0%    
year-over-year % change 44.7% -35.8% 19.1% 13.8% -1.1% 0.1% 12.0% 1.8% 1.5% 2.8% 20.2%
Laboratories 0.515 0.045 0.083 0.333 0.320 0.214 0.213 0.208 0.205 1.457 1.698
month-over-month % change 28.8% -91.2% 83.0% 30.6% -4.0% -33.0% 20.7% -2.3% -1.7%    
year-over-year % change 583.5% -56.1% -34.2% 22.6% 258.1% 111.4% 32.1% 26.4% 27.1% -23.2% 16.5%
Warehouse 0.735 2.129 1.181 0.737 1.232 1.348 1.032 1.011 1.056 6.585 7.898
month-over-month % change -11.5% 189.4% -44.5% -5.4% 67.1% 9.5% 0.1% -2.0% 4.4%    
year-over-year % change 2.0% -10.5% 83.7% 34.1% 4.8% 8.1% 65.9% 26.8% 37.6% 36.1% 19.9%
Misc Commercial 0.414 0.524 0.551 0.646 0.500 0.497 0.906 0.858 0.833 9.466 6.213
month-over-month % change -26.1% 26.5% 5.2% -20.3% -22.7% -0.6% -10.8% -5.3% -2.9%    
year-over-year % change -76.0% -52.5% -35.2% -49.8% -66.1% -59.5% -27.5% -33.2% -31.3% 25.2% -34.4%
TOTAL COMMERCIAL 11.170 9.073 11.682 9.198 9.679 10.642 8.764 8.708 9.079 63.714 78.047
month-over-month % change 27.0% -18.8% 28.8% -2.6% 5.2% 9.9% -1.2% -0.6% 4.3%    
year-over-year % change -10.1% -6.9% 61.7% 5.9% -2.2% 8.6% 12.0% 7.5% 14.5% 5.4% 22.5%
TOTAL INDUSTRIAL (Manufacturing) 0.298 0.301 0.331 0.882 0.451 0.310 0.701 0.636 0.636 10.537 6.073
month-over-month % change -60.4% 1.0% 9.9% -23.0% -48.9% -31.2% -10.7% -9.2% 0.0%    
year-over-year % change -77.2% -71.9% 0.1% -31.8% -71.9% -65.6% -36.4% -45.8% -42.0% 31.9% -42.4%
Religious 0.135 0.118 0.107 0.137 0.137 0.120 0.122 0.121 0.123 1.126 0.989
month-over-month % change -15.4% -12.9% -8.7% 13.7% 0.5% -12.7% -8.4% -1.2% 1.5%    
year-over-year % change -49.9% -12.7% 25.9% -18.0% -24.9% -26.5% -10.4% -10.4% -7.4% 12.9% -12.1%
Hosptials/Clinics 2.156 1.672 1.362 1.444 1.595 1.730 1.369 1.406 1.425 8.638 12.040
month-over-month % change 125.2% -22.4% -18.6% 21.6% 10.4% 8.4% 7.1% 2.8% 1.3%    
year-over-year % change 100.9% 37.1% 19.0% 71.8% 63.9% 51.0% 22.6% 20.0% 22.0% -1.6% 39.4%
Nursing/Assisted Living 0.539 0.761 0.520 0.633 0.636 0.607 0.515 0.550 0.558 3.169 4.714
month-over-month % change -11.2% 41.1% -31.7% 7.9% 0.4% -4.6% 2.8% 6.9% 1.4%    
year-over-year % change 45.0% 125.6% 21.9% 88.8% 87.6% 60.3% 29.9% 38.2% 40.3% 23.8% 48.7%
Libraries/Museums 0.545 0.150 0.081 0.359 0.337 0.259 0.248 0.251 0.225 1.566 1.767
month-over-month % change 73.4% -72.5% -46.0% 56.6% -6.1% -23.1% 16.2% 1.2% -10.5%    
year-over-year % change 321.1% 30.1% -79.6% 42.8% 66.2% 21.1% 37.0% 38.8% 21.2% -4.6% 12.8%
Police/Courthouse/Prison 0.677 0.615 0.512 0.593 0.674 0.602 0.521 0.484 0.495 4.105 4.133
month-over-month % change -7.1% -9.2% -16.8% 2.5% 13.6% -10.7% 2.0% -7.0% 2.3%    
year-over-year % change 22.1% -41.5% 34.4% 9.0% -2.1% -9.2% 30.7% 5.6% 7.7% 56.9% 0.7%
Military 0.352 0.835 0.372 0.336 0.545 0.520 0.516 0.555 0.532 2.988 3.543
month-over-month % change -21.3% 137.2% -55.5% -10.8% 62.1% -4.6% -6.9% 7.7% -4.1%    
year-over-year % change -56.7% 133.5% -42.5% -37.0% -9.0% -14.3% -16.0% 3.4% 8.8% -62.2% 18.6%
Schools/Colleges 7.319 6.396 5.890 7.133 7.065 6.535 5.241 5.275 5.322 42.523 48.176
month-over-month % change -2.2% -12.6% -7.9% 5.6% -1.0% -7.5% 0.7% 0.7% 0.9%    
year-over-year % change 6.0% 6.8% 10.7% 16.3% 13.0% 7.6% 5.5% 5.3% 6.8% 8.3% 13.3%
Misc Government 0.241 0.737 0.471 0.262 0.427 0.483 0.250 0.288 0.304 2.414 2.838
month-over-month % change -20.3% 206.1% -36.1% -6.5% 62.7% 13.2% -8.5% 15.2% 5.6%    
year-over-year % change -53.7% 162.4% 70.1% -31.7% 17.0% 34.4% -1.3% 9.3% 11.5% 44.7% 17.5%
TOTAL INSTITUTIONAL 11.966 11.285 9.315 10.898 11.416 10.855 8.781 8.931 8.984 66.530 78.200
month-over-month % change 8.8% -5.7% -17.5% 7.8% 4.8% -4.9% 1.3% 1.7% 0.6%    
year-over-year % change 12.5% 19.0% 7.3% 18.6% 18.9% 13.1% 8.9% 9.5% 11.1% 1.7% 17.5%
Misc Non Residential 0.848 0.833 0.633 0.707 0.806 0.771 0.577 0.612 0.624 3.039 5.845
month-over-month % change 14.7% -1.8% -24.0% -4.9% 14.0% -4.4% 6.0% 6.1% 1.9%    
year-over-year % change 85.8% 101.5% 27.5% 71.9% 90.3% 69.4% 63.5% 70.8% 70.1% 17.1% 92.3%
TOTAL NONRES BUILDING 24.282 21.492 21.961 21.685 22.352 22.578 18.823 18.888 19.323 143.820 168.165
month-over-month % change 14.1% -11.5% 2.2% 1.1% 3.1% 1.0% -0.2% 0.3% 2.3%    
year-over-year % change -2.2% 3.7% 31.2% 10.7% 3.8% 8.8% 8.5% 6.2% 10.5% 5.4% 16.9%
Airports 0.459 0.750 1.552 0.270 0.482 0.920 0.361 0.399 0.476 1.958 4.078
month-over-month % change 91.7% 63.4% 107.1% 65.9% 79.0% 90.7% 2.7% 10.6% 19.1%    
year-over-year % change 33.6% 157.4% 143.9% 30.0% 76.0% 117.2% 32.3% 62.8% 87.7% -68.3% 108.3%
Roads/Highways 5.117 4.840 5.360 5.355 5.405 5.106 4.458 4.395 4.327 36.676 37.279
month-over-month % change -18.2% -5.4% 10.7% 11.9% 0.9% -5.5% -0.8% -1.4% -1.5%    
year-over-year % change -8.0% -13.6% -13.1% 6.5% -4.4% -11.6% 6.2% 3.7% 0.2% 14.2% 1.6%
Bridges 1.193 1.209 0.954 1.193 1.150 1.119 1.149 1.172 1.169 8.290 9.646
month-over-month % change 13.8% 1.4% -21.1% -10.4% -3.6% -2.7% 2.5% 2.1% -0.3%    
year-over-year % change 39.8% 30.6% -3.7% 21.8% 18.3% 21.2% 19.7% 21.8% 18.6% 5.4% 16.4%
Dams/Marine 0.429 0.338 0.336 0.409 0.390 0.368 0.403 0.399 0.389 3.697 2.446
month-over-month % change 6.6% -21.4% -0.5% 37.4% -4.7% -5.7% 3.7% -1.0% -2.6%    
year-over-year % change 67.6% -12.5% -27.0% -11.8% 2.6% 0.1% -19.8% -22.4% -23.3% 37.3% -33.8%
Water/Sewage 2.681 3.020 3.026 3.212 3.009 2.909 2.584 2.586 2.575 19.125 21.368
month-over-month % change -19.4% 12.7% 0.2% 12.2% -6.3% -3.3% -0.8% 0.1% -0.4%    
year-over-year % change -8.8% 0.6% -4.2% 24.0% 5.3% -4.1% 16.4% 13.7% 10.1% 13.7% 11.7%
Misc Civil 1.741 2.830 0.614 1.584 1.998 1.728 1.585 1.683 1.552 13.015 11.526
month-over-month % change 22.4% 62.6% -78.3% 13.7% 26.1% -13.5% 0.5% 6.2% -7.8%    
year-over-year % change 6.2% 71.5% -71.9% -11.5% 2.0% -5.2% 3.0% 9.3% -1.6% 6.5% -11.4%
TOTAL ENGINEERING 11.619 12.987 11.842 12.023 12.435 12.149 10.540 10.634 10.487 82.761 86.342
month-over-month % change -8.5% 11.8% -8.8% 11.0% 3.4% -2.3% 0.0% 0.9% -1.4%    
year-over-year % change 0.2% 9.5% -12.9% 8.7% 2.8% -1.6% 8.8% 8.8% 5.1% 6.2% 4.3%
GRAND TOTAL 57.225 54.857 54.392 54.963 55.563 55.491 48.842 48.846 49.214 378.392 414.396
month-over-month % change 4.8% -4.1% -0.8% 3.5% 1.1% -0.1% -0.1% 0.0% 0.8%    
year-over-year % change -1.1% 0.1% 8.8% 6.0% 0.7% 2.4% 9.4% 7.3% 8.1% 7.7% 9.5%
NONRES BLDG + ENGINEERING 35.901 34.479 33.803 33.708 34.787 34.727 29.363 29.521 29.811 226.581 254.507
month-over-month % change 5.6% -4.0% -2.0% 4.4% 3.2% -0.2% -0.1% 0.5% 1.0%    
year-over-year % change -1.4% 5.8% 11.4% 10.0% 3.5% 4.9% 8.6% 7.1% 8.5% 5.7% 12.3%

Data Source and Table: ConstructConnect.

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

Jan-AUG 2015 Jan-AUG 2016 % Change
Connecticut $2,335,085,060 $2,141,416,841 -8.3%
Maine $719,479,878 $650,105,392 -9.6%
Massachusetts $5,911,171,722 $5,296,093,970 -10.4%
New Hampshire $770,963,620 $956,923,590 24.1%
Rhode Island $695,813,175 $431,371,964 -38.0%
Vermont $495,410,563 $397,789,114 -19.7%
Total New England $10,927,924,018   $9,873,700,871   -9.6%
New Jersey $4,434,469,761 $3,989,400,122 -10.0%
New York $16,123,597,785 $15,602,353,028 -3.2%
Pennsylvania $7,883,357,870 $9,153,838,793 16.1%
Total Middle Atlantic $28,441,425,416   $28,745,591,943   1.1%
TOTAL NORTHEAST $39,369,349,434   $38,619,292,814   -1.9%
Illinois $9,169,490,852 $8,200,937,181 -10.6%
Indiana $2,731,880,247 $3,674,397,945 34.5%
Michigan $5,522,107,945 $6,006,571,607 8.8%
Ohio $6,677,150,795 $8,710,655,045 30.5%
Wisconsin $3,714,622,743 $5,294,384,044 42.5%
Total East North Central $27,815,252,582   $31,886,945,822   14.6%
Iowa $3,913,877,651 $3,186,083,950 -18.6%
Kansas $3,079,567,942 $2,512,793,703 -18.4%
Minnesota $4,540,779,033 $5,254,521,873 15.7%
Missouri $4,061,278,360 $4,439,094,228 9.3%
Nebraska $1,684,151,708 $2,095,506,708 24.4%
North Dakota $2,049,016,680 $1,680,618,528 -18.0%
South Dakota $1,609,879,446 $1,012,825,759 -37.1%
Total West North Central $20,938,550,820   $20,181,444,749   -3.6%
TOTAL MIDWEST $48,753,803,402   $52,068,390,571   6.8%
Delaware $339,549,523 $581,603,946 71.3%
District of Columbia $956,256,173 $1,907,734,083 99.5%
Florida $11,522,589,022 $16,156,994,841 40.2%
Georgia $4,830,882,999 $8,833,363,617 82.9%
Maryland $3,262,156,078 $7,406,868,991 127.1%
North Carolina $6,757,145,963 $6,674,619,828 -1.2%
South Carolina $2,922,928,595 $3,834,390,629 31.2%
Virginia $4,918,238,202 $7,027,733,610 42.9%
West Virginia $1,310,125,434 $1,303,194,580 -0.5%
Total South Atlantic $36,819,871,989   $53,726,504,125   45.9%
Alabama $2,663,128,391 $4,378,308,029 64.4%
Kentucky $3,199,527,085 $3,468,248,023 8.4%
Mississippi $2,190,327,549 $1,694,510,129 -22.6%
Tennessee $3,972,432,187 $4,115,855,042 3.6%
Total East South Central $12,025,415,212   $13,656,921,223   13.6%
Arkansas $1,808,395,401 $1,949,841,558 7.8%
Louisiana $7,848,154,855 $2,499,269,788 -68.2%
Oklahoma $3,289,798,724 $3,482,837,416 5.9%
Texas $25,457,770,343 $32,734,367,457 28.6%
Total West South Central $38,404,119,323   $40,666,316,219   5.9%
TOTAL SOUTH $87,249,406,524   $108,049,741,567   23.8%
Arizona $2,040,850,721 $3,162,157,917 54.9%
Colorado $3,318,086,084 $3,903,907,438 17.7%
Idaho $1,073,623,834 $844,328,866 -21.4%
Montana $759,605,352 $811,100,517 6.8%
Nevada $5,927,721,731 $2,714,331,440 -54.2%
New Mexico $1,077,739,838 $1,255,194,732 16.5%
Utah $2,710,643,527 $3,588,265,357 32.4%
Wyoming $1,481,990,927 $954,618,926 -35.6%
Total Mountain $18,390,262,014   $17,233,905,193   -6.3%
Alaska $1,219,426,763 $1,172,439,424 -3.9%
California $21,653,316,422 $24,304,331,310 12.2%
Hawaii $1,405,546,616 $2,495,934,112 77.6%
Oregon $2,984,259,268 $4,039,464,160 35.4%
Washington $5,555,497,607 $6,523,777,787 17.4%
Total Pacific $32,818,046,676   $38,535,946,793   17.4%
TOTAL WEST $51,208,308,690   $55,769,851,986   8.9%
TOTAL U.S. $226,580,868,050   $254,507,276,938   12.3%

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

Data Source and Table: ConstructConnect.