ConstructConnect’s July Nonresidential Starts -6.2% M/M; +9.5% Y/Y; and -2.3% YTD

ConstructConnect announced today that July’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential activity, was $38.8 billion − a month-to-month change of -6.2%. Historically, there has been a June to July climb, thanks to favorable seasonality, of +3.5%. July, though, is usually the last month of the year in which the bias, due to construction-friendly weather, is upwards.

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July 2018’s nonresidential starts volume was +9.5% compared with July 2017. July 2018 versus the five-year average for July, from 2013 through 2017, was +20.9%.

Year-to-date nonresidential starts in 2018, compared with January-July 2017, have been -2.3%.

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

The latest Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) records a +19,000-jobs improvement in the construction sector in July. The monthly average increase in ‘hard hat’ hiring so far this year has been +24,000, a surge forward of exactly half relative to January-to-July-2017’s comparable figure of +16,000. The unemployment rate in construction in July 2018 was only 3.4%, a notable achievement since it was better than the all-jobs rate of 3.8%. Only rarely does construction’s unemployment rate fall below the ‘headline’ rate. A year ago, when construction was at a 4.9% jobless level, the whole economy was at 4.3%.   

The jobs count in America’s construction sector in July 2018 was +4.4% versus July 2017. The year-over-year staffing performances in other industrial sectors with close ties to construction have been: ‘cement and concrete product manufacturing’, +1.0%; ‘real estate firms’, +2.3%; ‘building material and supplies dealers’, +3.0%; ‘architectural and engineering services’, +3.2%; ‘oil and gas extraction’, +5.2%; and best of all, ‘machinery and equipment rental’, +13.2%.  

The -6.2% pullback in total nonresidential starts month to month (m/m) in July resulted from softness in industrial (-57.4%), institutional (-31.1%) and heavy engineering/civil groundbreakings (-8.6%). Commercial (+48.1%) separated from the pack and did quite well.

As for the +9.5% year-over-year (y/y) ‘pop’ in total nonresidential starts (i.e., July 2018 versus July 2017), there were improvements in the commercial (+39.1%) and heavy engineering (+9.5%) type-of-structure categories, while industrial (-39.6%) and institutional (-9.6%) faltered.

The -2.3% step back in year-to-date (ytd) total nonresidential starts (i.e., January-July 2018 relative to January-July 2017) was due to declines in commercial (-15.5%) and institutional (-10.2%) that were not fully offset by engineering (+13.4%) and industrial (+33.0%).   

Within engineering starts, the dominant subcategory so far this year (with a 39% share) has been ‘roads/highways’. Street work in July was strong on all counts: +20.0% m/m; +28.0% y/y; and +10.8% ytd. The next biggest slice (21%) of civil starts to date in 2018 has been provided by ‘miscellaneous civil (pipelines, etc.)’ undertakings. The percentage changes for ‘miscellaneous civil’ in July were bearish m/m (-75.3%) and y/y (-51.7%), but bullish ytd (+90.9%).

By far, the largest subcategory within the institutional designation so far this year has been ‘schools/colleges’ (a 59% share). Nevertheless, educational facility starts in July were disappointing across the board: -35.4% m/m; -0.5% y/y; and -5.8% ytd. Next most important to institutional starts through the first seven months of 2018 have been ‘hospitals/clinics’ (a 12% share). In July, health care facility starts were dismal: -42.1% m/m; -57.2% y/y; and -24.8% ytd.

‘Private offices’ (with a 22% share) and ‘hotels/motels’ (with a 20% share) have been the leading subcategories within commercial so far this year. The former, thanks to an initiation of work on major new office space in New York in July, was +487.3% m/m and +225.0% y/y. But ‘private office’ starts were still down year-to-date, by -12.4%. As for ‘hotel/motel’ starts in the latest month, they were -11.9% both m/m and y/y and -15.6% ytd.

‘Retail/shopping’ and ‘warehouses’ (tied with 14% shares) have also made big contributions to commercial starts so far in  2018. ‘Bricks and mortar’ retail in July was +41.8% m/m; and +6.0% y/y; but -13.1% ytd. Warehouse work was +10.1% m/m; -36.6% y/y; and -16.5% ytd.

The 12-month moving average trend graphs are showing recent stabilizations, as opposed to descents, in nonresidential building and commercial starts, while there continue to be upward sloping curves in heavy engineering and its major subcategories.  

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 nonsupervisory 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 average annual compensation hikes in July 2018 for ‘all jobs’ nationally were +2.7% hourly and +3.0% weekly. Construction workers, as a subset, saw their bank accounts swell faster, +3.2% hourly and +4.0% weekly. In Table B-8 (excluding bosses), the discrepancy is even greater. While the ‘all jobs’ earnings gains remained at +2.7% hourly and +3.0% weekly, construction workers were rewarded with +3.6% hourly and +5.1% weekly.

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’s single-family plus multi-family residential starts in July were -5.7% m/m; -1.4% y/y; and -5.8% ytd. ‘Grand total’ starts were -6.0% m/m; +4.7% y/y; and -3.7% ytd.

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 – July 2018 PDF.

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

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

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

% Change % Change % Change
Jan-jULY 18 Jan-jULY 18 vs  jULY 18 vs jULY 18 vs
($ billions) Jan-jULY 17 jULY 17 JUNE 18
           
Hotel/Motel 15.697 -15.6% -11.9% -11.9%
Retail 10.780 -13.1% 6.0% 41.8%
Parking Garage 1.542 -19.7% 61.5% -1.7%
Amusement 4.648 -2.3% -39.3% -30.1%
Private Office  17.300 -12.4% 225.0% 487.3%
Government Office 5.816 -17.8% -38.0% -25.0%
Laboratory 1.990 0.1% 276.1% 115.9%
Warehouse 11.046 -16.5% -36.6% 10.1%
Miscellaneous Commercial 9.213 -27.3% 462.9% 3.6%
COMMERCIAL 78.032 -15.5% 39.1% 48.1%
     
INDUSTRIAL (Manufacturing) 19.025 33.0% -39.6% -57.4%
     
Religious 1.158 -21.8% -35.2%   -54.8%
Hospital/Clinic 8.855 -24.8% -57.2%   -42.1%
Nursing/Assisted Living 5.998 -14.1% -48.8%   -34.3%
Library/Museum 1.560 -33.6% -59.7%   -24.4%
Police/Courthouse/Prison 4.258 -21.7% 96.0%   39.1%
Military 2.982 28.9% 57.5%   39.4%
School/College 45.383 -5.8% -0.5%   -35.4%
Miscellaneous Government 6.156 -5.8% 9.6%   -38.4%
INSTITUTIONAL 76.349 -10.2% -9.6%   -31.1%
       
Miscellaneous Nonresidential 4.215 -8.0% -2.9%   -3.1%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 177.621 -9.5% 9.5%   -4.9%
       
Airport 4.302 -21.9% -7.6%   50.2%
Road/Highway 40.267 10.8% 28.0%   20.0%
Bridge 14.553 7.6% 1.4%   -21.9%
Dam/Marine 3.381 20.9% -16.3%   -9.0%
Water/Sewage 19.233 -10.8% 22.3%   2.8%
Miscellaneous Civil 21.267 90.9% -51.7%   -75.3%
HEAVY ENGINEERING 103.004 13.4% 9.5%   -8.6%
     
TOTAL NONRESIDENTIAL 280.625 -2.3% 9.5% -6.2%

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

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

  % Change     % Change % Change
Jan-July 18 Jan-July 18 vs     July 18 vs July 18 vs
($ billions) Jan-July 17     July 17 June 18
           
Summary      
CIVIL 103.004 13.4%     9.5% -8.6%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 177.621 -9.5%     9.5% -4.9%
RESIDENTIAL   180.851 -5.8%     -1.4% -5.7%
GRAND TOTAL   461.475 -3.7%     4.7% -6.0%
 
Verticals  
Airport 4.302 -21.9%     -7.6% 50.2%
All Other Civil 16.142 148.8%     -37.6% -73.7%
Bridges 14.553 7.6%     1.4% -21.9%
Dams / Canals / Marine Work 3.381 20.9%     -16.3% -9.0%
Power Infrastructure 5.125 10.2%     -84.4% -84.3%
Roads 40.267 10.8%     28.0% 20.0%
    Water and Sewage Treatment 19.233 -10.8%     22.3% 2.8%
CIVIL     103.004 13.4%     9.5% -8.6%
Offices (private) 17.300 -12.4%     225.0% 487.3%
Parking Garages 1.542 -19.7%     61.5% -1.7%
  Transportation Terminals 3.945 57.4%     34.0% -74.3%
Commercial (small subset) 22.787 -5.7%     201.9% 206.4%
Amusement 4.648 -2.3%     -39.3% -30.1%
Libraries / Museums 1.560 -33.6%     -59.7% -24.4%
Religious 1.158 -21.8%     -35.2% -54.8%
  Sports Arenas / Convention Centers 5.268 -48.2%     742.4% 51.2%
Community 12.634 -32.6%     52.8% 6.5%
College / University 11.540 -24.2%     18.1% -30.6%
Elementary / Pre School 13.585 -2.1%     -10.0% -38.5%
Jr / Sr High School 19.110 6.1%     -2.8% -35.7%
  Special / Vocational 1.148 7.0%     24.5% -31.5%
Educational 45.383 -5.8%     -0.5% -35.4%
Courthouses 0.822 -60.5%     747.3% 740.4%
Fire and Police Stations 1.785 5.8%     62.2% 20.8%
Government Offices 5.816 -17.8%     -38.0% -25.0%
  Prisons 1.651 -0.9%     -20.6% -50.6%
Government 10.074 -19.5%     -3.7% -1.4%
Industrial Labs / Labs / School Labs 1.990 0.1%     276.1% 115.9%
Manufacturing 19.025 33.0%     -39.6% -57.4%
  Warehouses 11.046 -16.5%     -36.6% 10.1%
Industrial 32.061 8.6%     -22.7% -15.9%
Hospitals / Clinics 8.855 -24.8%     -57.2% -42.1%
Medical Misc. 6.156 -5.8%     9.6% -38.4%
  Nursing Homes 5.998 -14.1%     -48.8% -34.3%
Medical   21.008 -16.9%     -40.7% -38.8%
Military   2.982 28.9%     57.5% 39.4%
Hotels 15.697 -15.6%     -11.9% -11.9%
Retail Misc. 4.215 -8.0%     -2.9% -3.1%
    Shopping 10.780 -13.1%     6.0% 41.8%
  Retail   30.692 -13.8%     -3.0% 8.0%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 177.621 -9.5%     9.5% -4.9%
Multi-Family 49.166 -32.9%     -31.6% -24.7%
    Single-Family 131.685 11.0%     13.0% 1.7%
RESIDENTIAL   180.851 -5.8%     -1.4% -5.7%
NONRESIDENTIAL 280.625 -2.3%     9.5% -6.2%
GRAND TOTAL   461.475 -3.7%     4.7% -6.0%

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 – JULY 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-JUL JAN-JUL
JUN 18 JUL 18 AUG 18 JUN 18 JUL 18 AUG 18 JUN 18 JUL 18 AUG 18 2017 2018
Single Family 21.844 20.641 21.002 20.204 21.164 21.162 17.488 17.548 17.750 118.632 131.685
   month-over-month % change 4.0% -5.5% 1.7% 12.5% 4.8% 0.0% 1.7% 0.3% 1.1%    
   year-over-year % change 19.3% 3.6% 13.0% 13.7% 12.1% 11.8% 9.6% 8.8% 9.1% 7.6% 11.0%
Apartment 7.505 8.044 6.056 7.123 7.664 7.202 8.471 8.007 7.774 73.273 49.166
   month-over-month % change 0.8% 7.2% -24.7% 8.8% 7.6% -6.0% -1.2% -5.5% -2.9%    
   year-over-year % change -13.9% -40.9% -31.6% -32.4% -29.7% -30.7% 0.4% -10.2% -13.4% 39.7% -32.9%
TOTAL RESIDENTIAL 29.349 28.684 27.058 27.328 28.829 28.364 25.959 25.556 25.524 191.905 180.851
   month-over-month % change 3.1% -2.3% -5.7% 11.5% 5.5% -1.6% 0.8% -1.6% -0.1%    
   year-over-year % change 8.6% -14.4% -1.4% -3.5% -3.2% -3.3% 6.4% 2.0% 1.1% 18.0% -5.8%
Hotel/Motel 5.494 1.540 1.357 3.023 3.060 2.797 2.229 2.154 2.138 18.607 15.697
   month-over-month % change 155.8% -72.0% -11.9% 75.0% 1.2% -8.6% 13.1% -3.4% -0.7%    
   year-over-year % change 130.1% -36.9% -11.9% -12.3% 10.4% 31.8% -1.6% -7.8% -5.2% 57.9% -15.6%
Retail 1.583 1.134 1.607 1.739 1.516 1.441 1.604 1.520 1.528 12.412 10.780
   month-over-month % change -13.5% -28.4% 41.8% 10.7% -12.8% -4.9% -0.6% -5.2% 0.5%    
   year-over-year % change -6.8% -47.1% 6.0% 2.8% -18.7% -19.3% -32.5% -23.9% -22.3% -48.6% -13.1%
Parking Garages 0.499 0.129 0.127 0.317 0.293 0.252 0.253 0.257 0.261 1.919 1.542
   month-over-month % change 98.7% -74.2% -1.7% 66.0% -7.5% -14.2% 1.0% 1.6% 1.6%    
   year-over-year % change 6.5% 60.1% 61.5% -37.0% -21.3% 20.2% -27.3% -18.7% -5.4% -39.1% -19.7%
Amusement 0.716 0.805 0.563 0.650 0.723 0.694 0.673 0.676 0.645 4.755 4.648
   month-over-month % change 10.5% 12.4% -30.1% 10.2% 11.2% -3.9% 0.0% 0.4% -4.5%    
   year-over-year % change 0.3% 4.2% -39.3% -1.0% 1.5% -13.7% 15.9% 11.9% 3.4% 27.3% -2.3%
Office 1.176 0.831 4.880 1.630 1.484 2.296 2.086 1.923 2.204 19.738 17.300
   month-over-month % change -51.9% -29.4% 487.3% -39.5% -9.0% 54.7% -3.6% -7.8% 14.6%    
   year-over-year % change -44.3% -70.2% 225.0% -30.0% -37.4% 7.6% -15.8% -21.1% -9.6% 19.4% -12.4%
Governmental Offices 1.007 1.117 0.837 0.826 1.025 0.987 0.823 0.815 0.772 7.072 5.816
   month-over-month % change 5.9% 10.8% -25.0% 8.7% 24.1% -3.7% 1.0% -1.0% -5.2%    
   year-over-year % change 10.7% -8.1% -38.0% -20.4% 1.7% -14.8% -20.1% -21.4% -23.9% -11.6% -17.8%
Laboratories 0.343 0.303 0.655 0.319 0.304 0.434 0.225 0.207 0.247 1.989 1.990
   month-over-month % change 29.3% -11.6% 115.9% 48.3% -4.5% 42.7% -1.4% -8.2% 19.4%    
   year-over-year % change -9.8% -42.2% 276.1% -3.9% -30.7% 20.5% 24.3% -2.2% 12.7% -39.3% 0.1%
Warehouse 2.684 1.279 1.408 1.861 1.819 1.790 1.738 1.681 1.613 13.222 11.046
   month-over-month % change 79.5% -52.4% 10.1% 34.1% -2.2% -1.6% 5.2% -3.3% -4.0%    
   year-over-year % change 61.8% -35.2% -36.6% -4.5% 0.2% -8.3% 14.3% 4.9% -5.2% 74.3% -16.5%
Misc Commercial 0.933 1.941 2.011 1.340 1.687 1.628 1.143 1.183 1.321 12.667 9.213
   month-over-month % change -57.3% 108.0% 3.6% 23.4% 25.9% -3.5% -16.7% 3.6% 11.6%    
   year-over-year % change -74.6% 33.6% 462.9% -54.1% -32.9% -10.9% -18.6% -17.2% -5.3% 48.1% -27.3%
TOTAL COMMERCIAL 14.437 9.078 13.445 11.704 11.912 12.320 10.774 10.415 10.730 92.382 78.032
   month-over-month % change 18.1% -37.1% 48.1% 14.5% 1.8% 3.4% 0.3% -3.3% 3.0%    
   year-over-year % change 3.1% -32.2% 39.1% -21.2% -14.1% -0.3% -11.6% -13.0% -9.7% 6.5% -15.5%
TOTAL INDUSTRIAL  (Manufacturing) 11.713 1.764 0.752 4.677 4.906 4.743 3.453 3.492 3.451 14.305 19.025
   month-over-month % change 845.2% -84.9% -57.4% 267.3% 4.9% -3.3% 32.5% 1.1% -1.2%    
   year-over-year % change 650.7% 36.5% -39.6% 100.8% 198.7% 247.2% 119.5% 117.1% 109.1% -2.7% 33.0%
Religious 0.161 0.287 0.130 0.172 0.210 0.192 0.168 0.166 0.160 1.480 1.158
   month-over-month % change -11.8% 78.4% -54.8% 15.3% 21.8% -8.4% -1.9% -1.1% -3.5%    
   year-over-year % change -19.4% -7.0% -35.2% -21.0% -23.2% -18.5% 1.3% -6.6% -12.7% 45.3% -21.8%
Hosptials/Clinics 1.282 1.249 0.723 1.265 1.484 1.084 1.226 1.218 1.138 11.780 8.855
   month-over-month % change -33.2% -2.6% -42.1% 9.3% 17.3% -26.9% -5.1% -0.6% -6.6%    
   year-over-year % change -38.2% -7.0% -57.2% -34.5% -17.7% -36.3% -31.4% -25.8% -28.4% -16.8% -24.8%
Nursing/Assisted Living 1.062 0.787 0.517 0.895 0.937 0.789 0.991 0.947 0.906 6.981 5.998
   month-over-month % change 10.6% -25.9% -34.3% 16.5% 4.6% -15.8% 0.2% -4.4% -4.3%    
   year-over-year % change 2.7% -40.2% -48.8% -13.2% -24.3% -29.6% 17.0% 4.9% -1.9% 24.0% -14.1%
Libraries/Museums 0.403 0.219 0.165 0.228 0.253 0.262 0.264 0.253 0.232 2.351 1.560
   month-over-month % change 190.5% -45.7% -24.4% 64.1% 10.9% 3.5% 1.9% -4.1% -8.1%    
   year-over-year % change 17.6% -37.5% -59.7% -38.8% -25.1% -28.6% -10.8% -8.3% -21.4% 16.6% -33.6%
Police/Courthouse/Prison 0.657 0.653 0.909 0.631 0.717 0.740 0.567 0.568 0.605 5.437 4.258
   month-over-month % change -21.9% -0.6% 39.1% 25.3% 13.6% 3.2% 0.2% 0.3% 6.5%    
   year-over-year % change 2.4% 3.4% 96.0% -2.7% 0.3% 27.7% -16.0% -15.2% -8.2% 54.6% -21.7%
Military 0.923 0.409 0.570 0.468 0.512 0.634 0.438 0.436 0.454 2.313 2.982
   month-over-month % change 355.2% -55.7% 39.4% 73.0% 9.2% 23.9% 6.0% -0.5% 4.0%    
   year-over-year % change 47.4% -5.9% 57.5% 23.3% 10.5% 33.7% 4.9% 3.0% 15.4% 1.7% 28.9%
Schools/Colleges 7.281 10.042 6.487 6.895 8.161 7.937 5.525 5.549 5.546 48.188 45.383
   month-over-month % change 1.7% 37.9% -35.4% 21.1% 18.4% -2.7% -3.1% 0.4% -0.1%    
   year-over-year % change -22.3% 3.0% -0.5% -9.3% -6.7% -7.1% -7.8% -8.3% -8.3% 5.5% -5.8%
Misc Government 0.692 1.270 0.782 0.894 1.065 0.915 0.850 0.866 0.871 6.534 6.156
   month-over-month % change -43.9% 83.5% -38.4% 12.9% 19.1% -14.1% -5.3% 1.9% 0.7%    
   year-over-year % change -45.4% 17.9% 9.6% -10.8% -1.1% -10.3% 2.8% 0.0% 0.2% 66.9% -5.8%
TOTAL INSTITUTIONAL 12.461 14.915 10.283 11.450 13.339 12.553 10.028 10.004 9.913 85.063 76.349
   month-over-month % change -1.4% 19.7% -31.1% 20.8% 16.5% -5.9% -2.5% -0.2% -0.9%    
   year-over-year % change -19.9% -1.9% -9.6% -13.2% -9.0% -10.6% -8.9% -9.1% -9.6% 8.8% -10.2%
Misc Non Residential 0.583 0.701 0.679 0.602 0.636 0.655 0.608 0.608 0.607 4.582 4.215
   month-over-month % change -6.7% 20.3% -3.1% 9.0% 5.7% 2.9% -5.4% 0.1% -0.3%    
   year-over-year % change -41.6% 0.9% -2.9% -19.2% -18.1% -17.9% -13.7% -12.9% -11.1% -9.2% -8.0%
TOTAL NONRES BUILDING 39.195 26.459 25.160 28.434 30.793 30.271 24.864 24.519 24.701 196.332 177.621
   month-over-month % change 46.7% -32.5% -4.9% 32.1% 8.3% -1.7% 2.4% -1.4% 0.7%    
   year-over-year % change 22.0% -13.5% 9.5% -8.6% -0.5% 6.0% -2.4% -3.0% -1.9% 6.3% -9.5%
Airports 0.569 0.399 0.599 0.653 0.499 0.522 0.950 0.948 0.944 5.511 4.302
   month-over-month % change 7.1% -29.9% 50.2% 12.4% -23.5% 4.5% -1.9% -0.2% -0.4%    
   year-over-year % change -28.4% -4.6% -7.6% -18.0% -14.3% -15.8% 17.2% 17.0% 17.6% 117.5% -21.9%
Roads/Highways 6.446 6.087 7.307 6.676 6.440 6.613 4.585 4.616 4.750 36.338 40.267
   month-over-month % change -5.0% -5.6% 20.0% 20.5% -3.5% 2.7% 1.1% 0.7% 2.9%    
   year-over-year % change 10.1% 6.5% 28.0% 21.6% 12.6% 14.8% 1.5% 0.9% 2.2% 14.6% 10.8%
Bridges 1.836 2.310 1.805 2.228 2.109 1.984 1.723 1.798 1.800 13.525 14.553
   month-over-month % change -15.8% 25.8% -21.9% 0.0% -5.3% -5.9% -1.4% 4.4% 0.1%    
   year-over-year % change -14.2% 63.8% 1.4% -11.4% 10.4% 11.6% 9.9% 12.6% 17.5% 40.2% 7.6%
Dams/Marine 0.636 0.604 0.549 0.522 0.618 0.597 0.451 0.482 0.473 2.795 3.381
   month-over-month % change 3.5% -5.1% -9.0% 24.0% 18.4% -3.5% 1.7% 7.0% -1.8%    
   year-over-year % change 16.3% 166.2% -16.3% 7.6% 31.5% 25.2% 25.8% 41.9% 30.7% 27.8% 20.9%
Water/Sewage 3.773 2.604 2.677 3.104 3.261 3.018 2.461 2.436 2.476 21.553 19.233
   month-over-month % change 10.8% -31.0% 2.8% 27.4% 5.1% -7.5% 3.0% -1.0% 1.7%    
   year-over-year % change 29.7% -10.3% 22.3% 18.2% 14.8% 13.2% -13.7% -15.3% -11.7% 17.3% -10.8%
Misc Civil 1.186 2.936 0.725 4.905 3.240 1.615 2.957 3.106 3.041 11.139 21.267
   month-over-month % change -78.8% 147.6% -75.3% 3.4% -33.9% -50.1% 0.9% 5.0% -2.1%    
   year-over-year % change 38.9% 154.0% -51.7% 160.1% 93.4% 38.0% 129.0% 134.8% 130.7% 31.1% 90.9%
TOTAL ENGINEERING 14.446 14.940 13.662 18.088 16.168 14.349 13.127 13.386 13.484 90.861 103.004
   month-over-month % change -24.4% 3.4% -8.6% 13.4% -10.6% -11.2% 0.9% 2.0% 0.7%    
   year-over-year % change 10.3% 26.3% 9.5% 31.1% 22.5% 15.1% 15.2% 16.2% 17.6% 24.6% 13.4%
GRAND TOTAL 82.989 70.083 65.879 73.849 75.790 72.984 63.949 63.461 63.709 479.098 461.475
   month-over-month % change 11.7% -15.6% -6.0% 19.2% 2.6% -3.7% 1.4% -0.8% 0.4%    
   year-over-year % change 14.9% -7.7% 4.7% 0.8% 2.5% 3.7% 4.4% 2.6% 2.9% 14.0% -3.7%
NONRES BLDG + ENGINEERING 53.640 41.399 38.822 46.522 46.961 44.620 37.990 37.905 38.185 287.193 280.625
   month-over-month % change 17.0% -22.8% -6.2% 24.1% 0.9% -5.0% 1.9% -0.2% 0.7%    
   year-over-year % change 18.6% -2.4% 9.5% 3.6% 6.4% 8.7% 3.1% 3.0% 4.2% 11.5% -2.3%

Data Source and Table: ConstructConnect.

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

Jan-JUL 2017 Jan-JUL 2018 % Change
Connecticut $3,679,590,698 $2,327,109,740 -36.8%
Maine $817,718,666 $1,484,944,400 81.6%
Massachusetts $6,795,402,511 $5,778,064,622 -15.0%
New Hampshire $781,965,952 $899,144,166 15.0%
Rhode Island $723,459,274 $755,937,865 4.5%
Vermont $507,124,106 $345,469,908 -31.9%
Total New England $13,305,261,207   $11,590,670,701   -12.9%
New Jersey $6,743,661,750 $4,953,555,099 -26.5%
New York $20,927,275,229 $17,224,693,308 -17.7%
Pennsylvania $8,552,706,244 $7,315,372,146 -14.5%
Total Middle Atlantic $36,223,643,223   $29,493,620,553   -18.6%
TOTAL NORTHEAST $49,528,904,430   $41,084,291,254   -17.0%
Illinois $8,930,006,624 $8,727,430,150 -2.3%
Indiana $4,402,103,464 $4,784,663,395 8.7%
Michigan $11,500,371,708 $6,264,219,011 -45.5%
Ohio $9,410,974,201 $8,610,993,804 -8.5%
Wisconsin $6,559,546,123 $16,025,332,815 144.3%
Total East North Central $40,803,002,120   $44,412,639,175   8.8%
Iowa $3,855,298,629 $3,334,464,452 -13.5%
Kansas $2,229,729,130 $3,357,472,668 50.6%
Minnesota $5,653,662,746 $5,775,020,751 2.1%
Missouri $5,272,793,458 $5,046,610,847 -4.3%
Nebraska $2,197,131,329 $1,656,339,021 -24.6%
North Dakota $1,340,818,199 $1,830,173,395 36.5%
South Dakota $1,228,135,060 $1,020,939,590 -16.9%
Total West North Central $21,777,568,551   $22,021,020,724   1.1%
TOTAL MIDWEST $62,580,570,671   $66,433,659,899   6.2%
Delaware $1,053,988,007 $650,284,344 -38.3%
District of Columbia $1,745,228,686 $2,502,852,094 43.4%
Florida $20,203,682,160 $16,872,778,739 -16.5%
Georgia $8,297,188,537 $6,934,884,912 -16.4%
Maryland $4,355,696,924 $4,630,027,479 6.3%
North Carolina $8,249,374,662 $8,242,545,293 -0.1%
South Carolina $5,515,406,223 $3,555,947,116 -35.5%
Virginia $7,311,574,276 $10,556,829,878 44.4%
West Virginia $807,267,950 $6,344,755,266 686.0%
Total South Atlantic $57,539,407,425   $60,290,905,121   4.8%
Alabama $3,340,435,008 $3,424,395,532 2.5%
Kentucky $2,561,671,219 $2,721,384,628 6.2%
Mississippi $1,713,318,433 $1,388,252,207 -19.0%
Tennessee $4,235,919,628 $5,052,419,866 19.3%
Total East South Central $11,851,344,288   $12,586,452,233   6.2%
Arkansas $1,684,800,109 $1,674,404,433 -0.6%
Louisiana $4,154,213,179 $3,137,233,934 -24.5%
Oklahoma $4,222,359,912 $3,485,919,074 -17.4%
Texas $30,277,585,913 $27,048,391,378 -10.7%
Total West South Central $40,338,959,113   $35,345,948,819   -12.4%
TOTAL SOUTH $109,729,710,826   $108,223,306,173   -1.4%
Arizona $4,487,585,325 $6,219,539,208 38.6%
Colorado $4,690,656,954 $4,307,627,068 -8.2%
Idaho $955,165,322 $1,308,988,308 37.0%
Montana $732,598,707 $803,822,403 9.7%
Nevada $2,043,981,866 $3,565,625,036 74.4%
New Mexico $1,243,802,155 $1,423,875,446 14.5%
Utah $3,848,325,988 $3,702,912,692 -3.8%
Wyoming $800,266,391 $723,921,070 -9.5%
Total Mountain $18,802,382,708   $22,056,311,231   17.3%
Alaska $1,253,295,172 $1,249,919,342 -0.3%
California $33,208,832,535 $27,132,886,519 -18.3%
Hawaii $1,121,035,668 $1,556,661,008 38.9%
Oregon $3,872,375,149 $4,138,030,047 6.9%
Washington $7,096,326,995 $8,749,636,470 23.3%
Total Pacific $46,551,865,519   $42,827,133,386   -8.0%
TOTAL WEST $65,354,248,227   $64,883,444,617   -0.7%
TOTAL U.S. $287,193,434,154   $280,624,701,943   -2.3%

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

Data Source and Table: ConstructConnect.

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