ConstructConnect’s March 2018 Starts Were +46% M/M but -22% YTD

ConstructConnect announced today that March’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential activity, was $36.3 billion. The latest month-to-month change in the volume of starts was +46.1%. The major reason for the big jump upwards was an initiation of work on a mega project, the Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline, with an estimated value of $5.5 billion.

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March of this year versus an extraordinarily strong March of last year was -18.9%. March of this year versus the five-year average for March, from 2013 through 2017, was +16.0%.

Year-to-date nonresidential starts in the latest March were -22% compared with the same January-to-March period of 2017. Q1 2018’s almost sole source of strength was civil starts.

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 February report was 59%; the latter’s share was 41%.

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

The latest Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) records a decline of -15,000 in the total number of construction jobs in the U.S. in March. During the prior four months, however, there had been a surge of hiring in the sector amounting to +177,000 jobs.  

The NSA unemployment rate in construction in March of this year was 7.4%. In the same third month of last year, it had been 8.4%. Year-over-year construction employment is currently +3.3%. The percentage change for the total jobs increase in the U.S. economy is +1.5%.

Relative to peak levels prior to the recession in 2008-09, employment in residential construction is currently off by -23.0% (i.e., almost one-quarter); nonresidential building construction jobs are down by -5.0%; but the heavy engineering/civil worker count is -0.6% (i.e., nearly even).

The March 2018 year-over-year percentage increases in employment in three other pockets of the economy with close ties to construction were: ‘building material and garden supply stores’, +3.7%; ‘real estate offices’, +2.2%; and ‘architectural and engineering services’ firms, +2.7%.

The close to one-half (+46.1%) increase in total nonresidential starts month to month (m/m) in the latest March was thanks to a big boost from heavy engineering work (+164.1%) and decent support from institutional (+31.7%). Commercial (-28.1%) and industrial (-53.8%) held back.

The -18.9% performance of total nonresidential starts in March 2018 versus March 2017 (y/y) resulted from a sizable gain in heavy engineering/civil (+48.2%) that was more than wiped out by drop-offs in industrial (-81.0%), commercial (-60.4%) and institutional (-21.9%).

As for the year-to-date (ytd – i.e., Q1 2018 over Q1 2017) decline in starts of -22.1%, it was caused by weakness in the industrial (-66.3%), commercial (-41.3%) and institutional (-16.2%) type-of-structure categories. Heavy engineering/civil work stayed on a level plane (+2.1%).

‘Road/highway’ work accounted for one-third (a 34% share) of engineering activity in Q1 of this year. Such street starts in March were: +127.9% m/m; +33.9% y/y; but only +1.1% ytd. Second most important within engineering to date in 2018 has been the ‘miscellaneous civil (power, etc.)’ segment (a 27% slice), which in March was: +1547.7% m/m; +340.2% y/y; and +131.0% ytd. In the latest month, there was a groundbreaking on one mega project categorized to ‘miscellaneous civil’ – the Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline for $5.5 billion – plus go-aheads for a couple of large electric power projects (See Top 10 list on page 4 of this report.)

Also significant within engineering so far this year have been the line items ‘bridge’ (16% share) and ‘water/sewage’ (15% share). In March, starts on the former were +42.8% m/m, -22.1% y/y and +2.3% ytd, while initiations of the latter were +6.7% m/m, -14.7% y/y and -44.5% ytd.

The biggest contributor to institutional starts through Q1 was the ‘school/college’ (56% share) designation. In March, educational facility starts were: +70.8% m/m; but -5.5% y/y; and -10.0% ytd. A serious problem has been posed by ‘hospital/clinic’ starts (13% share), which in March were: -61.2% m/m; -78.6% y/y; and -30.4% ytd. Managing to inject some optimism, however, have been ‘nursing/assisted living’ starts: -17.5% m/m; -7.6% y/y; but +18.6% ytd.

Within commercial, it’s been the ‘private office’ designation that has claimed the biggest share (26%) of the subcategory’s total to date this year, even though its March starts record was: -74.8% m/m; -63.8% y/y; and -44.1% ytd. ‘Hotel/motel’ was next in line for share (18%), but its March track record was also weak: -39.8% m/m; -79.8% y/y; and -49.5% ytd. ‘Retail/shopping’ (16% share) was -8.9% y/y and -25.8% ytd, but it did provide a pick-me-up with +68.4% m/m.

The six graphs show 12-month moving-average trend lines of starts for many of the major type-of-construction subcategories. Almost all the curves have been sloping downwards of late, with the two notable exceptions in Graph 6. The bridge trend line has been rising (until the latest month), but far more remarkable has been the steep skyward climb for ‘miscellaneous civil’.

Tables B-3 and B-8 in 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). From B-3, average hourly wages were +2.7% y/y across all industries in March and average weekly wages were +3.3%. From B-8, the corresponding gains were +2.4% and +2.7%.

The compensation rates in construction were higher. From Table B-3 for March, they were +2.9% hourly and +4.0% weekly. From Table B-8, they were +3.4% hourly and +5.0% 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 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 – March 2018 PDF.

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

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

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

% Change % Change % Change
Jan-MAR 18 Jan-MAR 18 vs  MAR 18 vs MAR 18 vs
($ billions) Jan-MAR 17 MAR 17 FEB 18
           
Hotel/Motel 4.424 -49.5% -79.8% -39.8%
Retail 3.932 -25.8% -8.9% 68.4%
Parking Garage 0.432 -40.3% -68.3% 149.3%
Amusement 1.812 7.1% -11.7% 4.8%
Private Office  6.213 -44.1% -63.8% -74.8%
Government Office 2.022 -25.0% -53.7% -30.2%
Laboratory 0.302 -39.5% 14.0% 659.5%
Warehouse 3.017 -45.6% -62.2% -26.2%
Miscellaneous Commercial 1.982 -58.4% -72.8% 460.0%
COMMERCIAL 24.137 -41.3% -60.4% -28.1%
     
INDUSTRIAL (Manufacturing) 2.741 -66.3% -81.0% -53.8%
     
Religious 0.394 -14.2% 20.7%   71.0%
Hospital/Clinic 3.258 -30.4% -78.6%   -61.2%
Nursing/Assisted Living 2.678 18.6% -7.6%   -17.5%
Library/Museum 0.584 -36.9% -66.1%   63.9%
Police/Courthouse/Prison 1.387 -50.9% -13.9%   35.9%
Military 0.907 61.1% 64.8%   -8.7%
School/College 13.884 -10.0% -5.5%   70.8%
Miscellaneous Government 1.831 -29.3% -47.0%   20.8%
INSTITUTIONAL 24.923 -16.2% -21.9%   31.7%
       
Miscellaneous Nonresidential 1.513 -2.5% -6.4%   35.4%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 53.315 -33.8% -48.2%   -6.3%
       
Airport 2.178 -30.1% -18.7%   172.8%
Road/Highway 13.627 1.1% 33.9%   127.9%
Bridge 6.151 2.3% -22.1%   42.8%
Dam/Marine 0.973 33.5% 14.2%   -6.7%
Water/Sewage 6.015 -44.5% -14.7%   6.7%
Miscellaneous Civil 10.651 131.0% 340.2%   1547.7%
HEAVY ENGINEERING 39.596 2.1% 48.2%   164.1%
     
TOTAL NONRESIDENTIAL 92.910 -22.1% -18.9% 46.1%

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

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

  % Change     % Change % Change
Jan-Mar 18 Jan-Mar 18 vs     Mar 18 vs Mar 18 vs
($ billions) Jan-Mar 17     Mar 17 Feb 18
           
Summary      
CIVIL 39.596 2.1%     48.2% 164.1%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 53.315 -33.8%     -48.2% -6.3%
RESIDENTIAL   61.879 -17.6%     -24.4% 14.2%
GRAND TOTAL   154.790 -20.4%     -21.0% 32.2%
 
Verticals  
Airport 2.178 -30.1%     -18.7% 172.8%
All Other Civil 7.413 317.5%     804.4% 1570.4%
Bridges 6.151 2.3%     -22.1% 42.8%
Dams / Canals / Marine Work 0.973 33.5%     14.2% -6.7%
Power Infrastructure 3.238 14.2%     56.7% 1472.3%
Roads 13.627 1.1%     33.9% 127.9%
    Water and Sewage Treatment 6.015 -44.5%     -14.7% 6.7%
CIVIL     39.596 2.1%     48.2% 164.1%
Offices (private) 6.213 -44.1%     -63.8% -74.8%
Parking Garages 0.432 -40.3%     -68.3% 149.3%
  Transportation Terminals 0.912 96.4%     38.4% 748.5%
Commercial (small subset) 7.557 -38.6%     -56.6% -62.5%
Amusement 1.812 7.1%     -11.7% 4.8%
Libraries / Museums 0.584 -36.9%     -66.1% 63.9%
Religious 0.394 -14.2%     20.7% 71.0%
  Sports Arenas / Convention Centers 1.070 -75.1%     -84.9% 318.0%
Community 3.860 -47.7%     -66.0% 54.4%
College / University 4.471 -19.2%     -32.6% 20.9%
Elementary / Pre School 3.594 -4.4%     -0.8% 88.9%
Jr / Sr High School 5.383 -7.7%     15.7% 111.0%
  Special / Vocational 0.435 40.6%     68.6% 73.8%
Educational 13.884 -10.0%     -5.5% 70.8%
Courthouses 0.195 -86.5%     -52.3% -51.7%
Fire and Police Stations 0.573 18.8%     -11.1% 43.1%
Government Offices 2.022 -25.0%     -53.7% -30.2%
  Prisons 0.619 -30.8%     -2.1% 92.8%
Government 3.410 -38.3%     -43.8% -14.3%
Industrial Labs / Labs / School Labs 0.302 -39.5%     14.0% 659.5%
Manufacturing 2.741 -66.3%     -81.0% -53.8%
  Warehouses 3.017 -45.6%     -62.2% -26.2%
Industrial 6.060 -57.3%     -70.2% -32.7%
Hospitals / Clinics 3.258 -30.4%     -78.6% -61.2%
Medical Misc. 1.831 -29.3%     -47.0% 20.8%
  Nursing Homes 2.678 18.6%     -7.6% -17.5%
Medical   7.768 -18.5%     -55.3% -30.5%
Military   0.907 61.1%     64.8% -8.7%
Hotels 4.424 -49.5%     -79.8% -39.8%
Retail Misc. 1.513 -2.5%     -6.4% 35.4%
    Shopping 3.932 -25.8%     -8.9% 68.4%
  Retail   9.870 -36.8%     -56.1% 5.4%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 53.315 -33.8%     -48.2% -6.3%
Multi-Family 16.427 -48.2%     -62.5% 1.6%
    Single-Family 45.452 4.7%     4.3% 18.2%
RESIDENTIAL   61.879 -17.6%     -24.4% 14.2%
NONRESIDENTIAL 92.910 -22.1%     -18.9% 46.1%
GRAND TOTAL   154.790 -20.4%     -21.0% 32.2%

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 – MARCH 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-MAR JAN-MAR
JAN 18 FEB 18 MAR 18 JAN 18 FEB 18 MAR 18 JAN 18 FEB 18 MAR 18 2017 2018
Single Family 13.520 14.633 17.298 14.154 13.699 15.151 16.726 16.772 16.833 43.403 45.452
   month-over-month % change 4.5% 8.2% 18.2% -8.5% -3.2% 10.6% 0.4% 0.3% 0.4%    
   year-over-year % change 6.0% 4.0% 4.3% 5.7% 3.8% 4.7% 7.2% 7.5% 7.0% 4.9% 4.7%
Apartment 7.114 4.619 4.694 7.072 5.780 5.476 9.360 8.958 8.306 31.720 16.427
   month-over-month % change 26.9% -35.1% 1.6% -12.4% -18.3% -5.3% -2.3% -4.3% -7.3%    
   year-over-year % change -27.0% -51.1% -62.5% -10.6% -33.4% -48.2% 22.9% 16.1% 1.1% 58.5% -48.2%
TOTAL RESIDENTIAL 20.635 19.253 21.992 21.227 19.478 20.626 26.086 25.730 25.138 75.123 61.879
   month-over-month % change 11.3% -6.7% 14.2% -9.9% -8.2% 5.9% -0.6% -1.4% -2.3%    
   year-over-year % change -8.3% -18.2% -24.4% -0.3% -11.0% -17.6% 12.3% 10.4% 5.0% 22.3% -17.6%
Hotel/Motel 2.028 1.496 0.900 1.712 1.562 1.475 2.406 2.307 2.009 8.754 4.424
   month-over-month % change 74.5% -26.2% -39.8% -5.4% -8.7% -5.6% 1.5% -4.1% -12.9%    
   year-over-year % change 26.9% -44.4% -79.8% 10.2% -17.5% -49.5% 41.6% 25.1% -3.9% 123.8% -49.5%
Retail 1.579 0.877 1.477 1.265 1.174 1.311 1.620 1.519 1.506 5.301 3.932
   month-over-month % change 47.9% -44.5% 68.4% -5.9% -7.2% 11.6% 0.0% -6.3% -0.8%    
   year-over-year % change -0.2% -58.2% -8.9% -16.5% -34.0% -25.8% -41.6% -45.7% -43.2% -39.7% -25.8%
Parking Garages 0.222 0.060 0.150 0.279 0.271 0.144 0.289 0.286 0.259 0.723 0.432
   month-over-month % change -58.3% -72.9% 149.3% -24.7% -2.7% -46.9% 1.8% -0.9% -9.4%    
   year-over-year % change 38.9% -33.9% -68.3% 8.9% 75.0% -40.3% -24.4% -25.4% -37.3% 131.4% -40.3%
Amusement 0.764 0.512 0.537 0.658 0.714 0.604 0.667 0.661 0.655 1.692 1.812
   month-over-month % change -11.7% -33.0% 4.8% 4.2% 8.4% -15.3% 3.4% -0.9% -0.9%    
   year-over-year % change 52.2% -12.2% -11.7% 17.6% 38.1% 7.1% 21.9% 19.2% 17.0% 17.0% 7.1%
Office 1.418 3.831 0.964 1.556 2.090 2.071 2.240 2.083 1.942 11.123 6.213
   month-over-month % change 39.0% 170.2% -74.8% -1.0% 34.3% -0.9% -4.7% -7.0% -6.8%    
   year-over-year % change -48.5% -32.9% -63.8% -20.2% -39.5% -44.1% -0.2% -17.3% -20.5% 41.3% -44.1%
Governmental Offices 0.555 0.864 0.603 0.560 0.631 0.674 0.844 0.878 0.819 2.698 2.022
   month-over-month % change 17.4% 55.7% -30.2% -13.2% 12.6% 6.9% -3.7% 4.0% -6.6%    
   year-over-year % change -40.9% 89.7% -53.7% -44.7% -32.3% -25.0% -22.5% -16.4% -21.9% -16.2% -25.0%
Laboratories 0.039 0.031 0.232 0.174 0.122 0.101 0.226 0.214 0.216 0.499 0.302
   month-over-month % change -86.8% -21.8% 659.5% -16.4% -30.1% -17.4% -2.9% -5.4% 1.1%    
   year-over-year % change -67.3% -82.6% 14.0% 18.2% -18.2% -39.5% -28.8% -31.7% 35.8% -80.1% -39.5%
Warehouse 0.907 1.215 0.896 1.113 1.069 1.006 1.682 1.640 1.517 5.550 3.017
   month-over-month % change -16.4% 33.9% -26.2% -16.3% -4.0% -5.9% -2.7% -2.5% -7.5%    
   year-over-year % change -37.9% -29.4% -62.2% -13.1% -24.1% -45.6% 31.3% 21.8% 4.3% 92.3% -45.6%
Misc Commercial 1.130 0.129 0.723 1.500 1.297 0.661 1.574 1.528 1.366 4.767 1.982
   month-over-month % change -57.1% -88.6% 460.0% -16.1% -13.6% -49.0% -1.5% -2.9% -10.6%    
   year-over-year % change -20.3% -81.2% -72.8% 24.6% 45.2% -58.4% 44.7% 63.4% 25.9% 9.1% -58.4%
TOTAL COMMERCIAL 8.640 9.015 6.482 8.817 8.929 8.046 11.547 11.115 10.291 41.107 24.137
   month-over-month % change -5.4% 4.3% -28.1% -9.1% 1.3% -9.9% -1.3% -3.7% -7.4%    
   year-over-year % change -18.0% -36.5% -60.4% -7.0% -20.1% -41.3% 1.1% -5.3% -13.5% 16.4% -41.3%
TOTAL INDUSTRIAL  (Manufacturing) 0.728 1.377 0.636 0.576 0.852 0.914 2.689 2.732 2.506 8.133 2.741
   month-over-month % change 62.0% 89.0% -53.8% -78.8% 47.9% 7.3% -9.0% 1.6% -8.3%    
   year-over-year % change -81.4% 60.9% -81.0% -72.6% -59.6% -66.3% 37.0% 44.8% 22.6% 113.3% -66.3%
Religious 0.121 0.101 0.172 0.118 0.119 0.131 0.179 0.175 0.178 0.459 0.394
   month-over-month % change -11.1% -16.5% 71.0% -19.0% 0.7% 10.2% -2.4% -1.9% 1.4%    
   year-over-year % change -30.8% -28.9% 20.7% -23.9% -23.7% -14.2% 23.1% 19.1% 17.8% 18.6% -14.2%
Hosptials/Clinics 1.930 0.957 0.372 1.163 1.182 1.086 1.402 1.367 1.254 4.685 3.258
   month-over-month % change 192.7% -50.4% -61.2% 44.3% 1.7% -8.1% 2.1% -2.5% -8.3%    
   year-over-year % change 22.1% -30.2% -78.6% -12.6% -6.2% -30.4% -21.0% -21.7% -27.4% -12.9% -30.4%
Nursing/Assisted Living 1.254 0.781 0.644 1.048 0.935 0.893 1.036 1.012 1.008 2.258 2.678
   month-over-month % change 62.6% -37.7% -17.5% 9.1% -10.7% -4.5% 6.5% -2.3% -0.4%    
   year-over-year % change 155.4% -27.0% -7.6% 43.0% 17.8% 18.6% 32.6% 26.7% 24.8% -1.8% 18.6%
Libraries/Museums 0.336 0.094 0.154 0.212 0.196 0.195 0.290 0.292 0.267 0.926 0.584
   month-over-month % change 112.0% -72.0% 63.9% 24.9% -7.7% -0.7% -1.9% 0.7% -8.6%    
   year-over-year % change -16.7% 36.7% -66.1% -35.6% -39.2% -36.9% 0.6% 3.1% -6.5% 30.4% -36.9%
Police/Courthouse/Prison 0.741 0.274 0.373 0.552 0.513 0.462 0.688 0.586 0.581 2.827 1.387
   month-over-month % change 41.1% -63.0% 35.9% 0.9% -7.0% -9.9% -1.9% -14.8% -0.9%    
   year-over-year % change -17.9% -81.6% -13.9% -8.8% -46.1% -50.9% 24.1% -10.3% -8.6% 137.0% -50.9%
Military 0.270 0.333 0.304 0.343 0.279 0.302 0.398 0.419 0.429 0.563 0.907
   month-over-month % change 15.5% 23.5% -8.7% -31.7% -18.8% 8.4% -0.4% 5.1% 2.4%    
   year-over-year % change -7.0% 277.0% 64.8% -3.5% 70.4% 61.1% 4.7% 13.0% 16.8% -32.9% 61.1%
Schools/Colleges 4.401 3.502 5.980 3.676 3.692 4.628 5.653 5.635 5.605 15.434 13.884
   month-over-month % change 38.6% -20.4% 70.8% -3.2% 0.4% 25.3% -1.4% -0.3% -0.5%    
   year-over-year % change -18.2% -5.9% -5.5% -23.9% -22.9% -10.0% -5.0% -5.0% -5.6% 8.1% -10.0%
Misc Government 1.005 0.374 0.452 0.746 0.623 0.610 0.911 0.863 0.830 2.589 1.831
   month-over-month % change 105.4% -62.8% 20.8% 12.8% -16.5% -2.0% 2.0% -5.3% -3.9%    
   year-over-year % change 27.6% -60.6% -47.0% 3.7% -24.2% -29.3% 32.7% 20.1% 14.6% 50.4% -29.3%
TOTAL INSTITUTIONAL 10.056 6.416 8.451 7.858 7.540 8.308 10.557 10.349 10.151 29.740 24.923
   month-over-month % change 63.6% -36.2% 31.7% 3.5% -4.0% 10.2% 0.0% -2.0% -1.9%    
   year-over-year % change 0.5% -27.9% -21.9% -13.2% -18.6% -16.2% 0.0% -2.8% -4.6% 10.9% -16.2%
Misc Non Residential 0.538 0.414 0.561 0.494 0.454 0.504 0.635 0.631 0.628 1.552 1.513
   month-over-month % change 31.0% -23.0% 35.4% -1.5% -8.0% 11.0% 0.6% -0.6% -0.5%    
   year-over-year % change 9.2% -10.1% -6.4% -17.1% -14.0% -2.5% -11.1% -10.4% -8.7% -20.7% -2.5%
TOTAL NONRES BUILDING 19.963 17.221 16.130 17.745 17.774 17.772 25.427 24.827 23.575 80.533 53.315
   month-over-month % change 23.7% -13.7% -6.3% -13.5% 0.2% 0.0% -1.6% -2.4% -5.0%    
   year-over-year % change -20.0% -29.5% -48.2% -16.4% -23.0% -33.8% 3.1% -0.6% -6.7% 18.6% -33.8%
Airports 1.004 0.315 0.859 0.542 0.510 0.726 1.115 0.989 0.972 3.114 2.178
   month-over-month % change 378.3% -68.6% 172.8% -14.5% -6.0% 42.5% 6.1% -11.3% -1.7%    
   year-over-year % change 337.7% -82.8% -18.7% 54.8% -38.8% -30.1% 97.4% 50.6% 32.8% 216.0% -30.1%
Roads/Highways 3.931 2.957 6.739 2.999 3.104 4.542 4.421 4.297 4.439 13.472 13.627
   month-over-month % change 62.2% -24.8% 127.9% 7.9% 3.5% 46.3% -0.1% -2.8% 3.3%    
   year-over-year % change -1.5% -33.6% 33.9% -13.4% -23.0% 1.1% 4.5% -1.4% -0.8% 23.6% 1.1%
Bridges 1.880 1.760 2.512 1.580 1.754 2.050 1.740 1.784 1.725 6.014 6.151
   month-over-month % change 15.9% -6.4% 42.8% 24.7% 11.0% 16.9% 1.6% 2.5% -3.3%    
   year-over-year % change 20.8% 42.7% -22.1% 29.8% 30.4% 2.3% 41.4% 40.6% 22.6% 65.4% 2.3%
Dams/Marine 0.328 0.333 0.311 0.480 0.377 0.324 0.427 0.442 0.445 0.729 0.973
   month-over-month % change -29.9% 1.5% -6.7% -14.8% -21.4% -14.0% 0.4% 3.6% 0.7%    
   year-over-year % change 7.1% 122.3% 14.2% 53.7% 44.0% 33.5% 33.6% 41.9% 37.9% 22.7% 33.5%
Water/Sewage 2.273 1.811 1.932 1.924 1.932 2.005 2.351 2.292 2.264 10.846 6.015
   month-over-month % change 32.8% -20.3% 6.7% 0.5% 0.4% 3.8% -11.9% -2.5% -1.2%    
   year-over-year % change -62.5% -28.0% -14.7% -45.5% -49.1% -44.5% -18.1% -22.0% -24.3% 99.8% -44.5%
Misc Civil 2.316 0.477 7.858 2.673 1.128 3.550 2.278 2.147 2.653 4.610 10.651
   month-over-month % change 292.7% -79.4% 1547.7% 7.9% -57.8% 214.9% 6.0% -5.7% 23.6%    
   year-over-year % change 197.4% -76.7% 340.2% 197.5% -8.3% 131.0% 114.9% 83.6% 121.2% 36.1% 131.0%
TOTAL ENGINEERING 11.731 7.653 20.211 10.197 8.803 13.199 12.332 11.951 12.499 38.785 39.596
   month-over-month % change 67.0% -34.8% 164.1% 5.8% -13.7% 49.9% -0.8% -3.1% 4.6%    
   year-over-year % change -9.2% -37.4% 48.2% 4.4% -23.4% 2.1% 20.0% 11.7% 12.3% 55.6% 2.1%
GRAND TOTAL 52.329 44.128 58.333 49.168 46.056 51.597 63.845 62.508 61.212 194.441 154.790
   month-over-month % change 25.5% -15.7% 32.2% -8.4% -6.3% 12.0% -1.0% -2.1% -2.1%    
   year-over-year % change -13.3% -26.7% -21.0% -6.0% -18.4% -20.4% 9.8% 5.9% 1.4% 26.1% -20.4%
NONRES BLDG + ENGINEERING 31.695 24.875 36.341 27.942 26.578 30.970 37.759 36.778 36.074 119.317 92.910
   month-over-month % change 36.8% -21.5% 46.1% -7.3% -4.9% 16.5% -1.3% -2.6% -1.9%    
   year-over-year % change -16.3% -32.1% -18.9% -9.9% -23.1% -22.1% 8.1% 3.1% -0.9% 28.5% -22.1%

Data Source and Table: ConstructConnect.

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

Jan-MAR 2017 Jan-MAR 2018 % Change
Connecticut $887,870,001 $605,620,004 -31.8%
Maine $123,293,927 $245,769,908 99.3%
Massachusetts $2,552,501,842 $1,240,183,586 -51.4%
New Hampshire $296,853,253 $115,053,074 -61.2%
Rhode Island $304,779,571 $340,268,579 11.6%
Vermont $91,631,340 $112,172,639 22.4%
Total New England $4,256,929,934   $2,659,067,790   -37.5%
New Jersey $2,989,381,361 $1,249,687,024 -58.2%
New York $11,393,618,627 $4,157,670,760 -63.5%
Pennsylvania $3,081,250,049 $2,382,232,042 -22.7%
Total Middle Atlantic $17,464,250,037   $7,789,589,826   -55.4%
TOTAL NORTHEAST $21,721,179,971   $10,448,657,616   -51.9%
Illinois $2,944,769,989 $2,101,119,803 -28.6%
Indiana $1,268,589,004 $1,579,985,259 24.5%
Michigan $6,882,376,687 $1,536,316,564 -77.7%
Ohio $2,913,387,351 $3,064,702,399 5.2%
Wisconsin $2,407,686,309 $1,395,363,807 -42.0%
Total East North Central $16,416,809,340   $9,677,487,832   -41.1%
Iowa $1,036,892,409 $890,156,513 -14.2%
Kansas $1,000,331,605 $1,117,520,144 11.7%
Minnesota $1,407,963,659 $949,580,393 -32.6%
Missouri $1,952,012,143 $2,249,290,067 15.2%
Nebraska $1,101,222,600 $511,251,324 -53.6%
North Dakota $320,921,358 $429,948,532 34.0%
South Dakota $358,972,980 $376,891,758 5.0%
Total West North Central $7,178,316,754   $6,524,638,731   -9.1%
TOTAL MIDWEST $23,595,126,094   $16,202,126,563   -31.3%
Delaware $690,510,817 $179,836,484 -74.0%
District of Columbia $568,645,394 $751,807,202 32.2%
Florida $10,905,467,532 $6,326,728,483 -42.0%
Georgia $4,239,243,382 $2,197,017,938 -48.2%
Maryland $1,268,992,744 $2,073,625,021 63.4%
North Carolina $3,558,083,592 $2,625,246,003 -26.2%
South Carolina $2,556,287,142 $1,379,233,949 -46.0%
Virginia $2,645,075,348 $3,117,148,040 17.8%
West Virginia $278,295,077 $5,667,141,583 1936.4%
Total South Atlantic $26,710,601,028   $24,317,784,703   -9.0%
Alabama $1,529,357,627 $1,167,356,995 -23.7%
Kentucky $790,619,644 $856,553,508 8.3%
Mississippi $743,434,840 $617,182,342 -17.0%
Tennessee $1,302,834,475 $1,404,531,599 7.8%
Total East South Central $4,366,246,586   $4,045,624,444   -7.3%
Arkansas $891,874,264 $718,987,082 -19.4%
Louisiana $2,372,956,006 $1,612,978,638 -32.0%
Oklahoma $2,183,033,291 $1,167,509,392 -46.5%
Texas $12,001,616,900 $11,035,825,200 -8.0%
Total West South Central $17,449,480,461   $14,535,300,312   -16.7%
TOTAL SOUTH $48,526,328,075   $42,898,709,459   -11.6%
Arizona $2,409,251,117 $1,971,751,404 -18.2%
Colorado $1,078,800,816 $1,449,442,906 34.4%
Idaho $270,629,783 $371,532,599 37.3%
Montana $234,992,716 $305,337,757 29.9%
Nevada $465,605,010 $1,821,260,590 291.2%
New Mexico $648,438,543 $397,224,596 -38.7%
Utah $2,300,516,219 $1,576,326,387 -31.5%
Wyoming $288,704,301 $246,069,930 -14.8%
Total Mountain $7,696,938,505   $8,138,946,169   5.7%
Alaska $325,363,335 $342,229,975 5.2%
California $13,045,741,413 $10,645,536,356 -18.4%
Hawaii $286,987,505 $612,847,169 113.5%
Oregon $1,905,058,921 $1,634,141,693 -14.2%
Washington $2,214,731,085 $1,987,183,815 -10.3%
Total Pacific $17,777,882,259   $15,221,939,008   -14.4%
TOTAL WEST $25,474,820,764   $23,360,885,177   -8.3%
TOTAL U.S. $119,317,454,904   $92,910,378,815   -22.1%

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

Data Source and Table: ConstructConnect.

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