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By: Alex Carrick on November 13th, 2018

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ConstructConnect’s October Nonresidential Starts Were -4% M/M and -5% YTD

Industry Snapshot

ConstructConnect announced today that October’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential work, was $33.7 billion − a month-to-month change of -3.6%. The history of the starts data records a ‘normal’ shift from September to October, due to seasonality, of -4.0%. Starts traditionally perform best in the sunnier-weather months of Spring and early Summer.

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Compared with October of last year, this year’s latest-month starts volume was -14.7%. While this year’s latest-month starts featured several mega projects, none were as large as Shell’s $6 billion petrochemical plant in Pennsylvania last October. Relative to the five-year average for October, from 2013 through 2017, this year’s latest-month starts volume was +7.6%. Year-to-date starts in 2018 compared with January-to-October of 2017 have been -4.6%.

The starts figures throughout this report are not seasonally adjusted (NSA). Nor are they altered for inflation. They are expressed in what are termed ‘current’ as opposed to ‘constant’ dollars.  

‘Nonresidential building’ plus ‘engineering/civil’ work accounts for a larger share of total construction than residential activity. The former’s combined proportion of total put-in-place construction in the Census Bureau’s September report was 58%; the latter’s was 42%.


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

Hiring in U.S. construction in October proceeded at a torrid pace, +30,000 jobs, according to the latest Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The average monthly jobs increase among ‘hard hat’ workers so far this year has been 50% better than from January-to-October of last year, +25,000 jobs compared with +17,000. The unemployment rate in construction is now only 3.6%. In September, it was 4.1% and in October 2017, 4.5%. Construction’s current 3.6% jobless rate beats the exceptionally low all-jobs figure of 3.7%.

On a year-over-year basis, the U.S. total jobs count in October was +1.7%. Among major industrial subsets of the total, however, construction employment was a standout, at +4.7% year-over-year. Over the past 12 months, staffing changes in other sectors important to construction have been: ‘cement and concrete product manufacturing’, +0.4%; ‘building material and supplies dealers’, +1.3%; ‘real estate firms’, +2.5%; ‘architectural and engineering services’, +3.1%; ‘oil and gas extraction’, +5.1%; and, way out front, ‘machinery and equipment rental’, +12.9%.

The -3.6% month-to-month (m/m) softening in total nonresidential starts in October was due to hesitation in the commercial (-12.3%) and engineering (-5.4%) type of structure categories, while groundbreakings on industrial (+18.8%) and institutional (+3.5%) moved ahead.

The October-2018-versus-October-2017 (y/y) decline in total starts of -14.7% was the net result of industrial (-68.9%) and commercial (-22.5%) significantly underperforming, but institutional (-4.4%) falling back to only a minor degree and engineering (+23.0%) climbing nicely.

The mild weakness (-4.6%) in total nonresidential starts year to date (ytd) in 2018 has been caused by drops in industrial (-17.3%), commercial (-12.3%) and institutional (-6.0%) that have not quite been overcome by the improvement in heavy engineering/civil starts (+7.8%).

Within engineering starts to date this year, the largest subcomponent (with a 40% share) has been ‘road/highway’ work. Street initiations in October were -3.0% m/m, but +33.8% y/y and +16.4% ytd. Next in line for prominence within engineering through the first ten month of 2018 (with a 19% slice) has been ‘miscellaneous civil’ work. Such ‘power and pipeline’ undertakings in the latest month were -4.4% m/m, but +33.8% y/y and +32.3% ytd. The ‘water/sewage’ (18% share) and ‘bridge’ (14% share) subcategories have also been important. The former in October was +10.3% m/m and +4.0% y/y, but -10.1% ytd, while the latter was -49.8% m/m, but +45.6% y/y and +13.1% ytd. Concerns focusing on safety, especially with high-profile collapses in countries elsewhere, have spurred on state and local capital spending on crossings.

By far the biggest subcategory qualifying as institutional is ‘schools/colleges’ (a 57% share). In October, educational facility starts were uniformly slack: -12.5% m/m; -14.0% y/y; and -2.2% ytd. ‘Health care facility’ starts, summing the results for ‘hospitals/clinics’, ‘nursing/assisted living’ and ‘miscellaneous medical’, are also crucial (a 28% share). In October, all the percent changes for ‘health care facility’ starts were negative: -11.7% m/m; -12.9% y/y; and -11.7% ytd.

‘Private office buildings’ have been 22% of commercial starts so far this year. In October, their performance was upbeat m/m (+34.0%) and y/y (+22.6%), but a bit disappointing ytd (-6.3%). One-fifth of commercial starts, with only a couple of months remaining in 2018, have been ‘hotel/motel’ projects. Accommodation starts were especially bullish last year, reaching a cyclical high. But in October of this year, they were -12.1% m/m, -17.5% y/y and -14.8% ytd. Both ‘retail/shopping’ (-26.3% m/m; -42.5% y/y; and -13.4% ytd) and ‘warehouse’ starts (-39.5% m/m; -30.1% y/y; and -11.8% ytd) failed to make any headway whatsoever in October.

The first of the 12-month moving average graphs shows a recent downwards tendency in the nonresidential building curve, but an upwards inclination in heavy engineering. Further along among the graphs, the ‘retail’ curve has been nose-diving, but moderation in ‘schools/colleges’ and ‘hospitals/clinics’ is leveling off. ‘Roads/highways’ and ‘bridges’ are moving higher. ‘Miscellaneous civil’, after strong buoyancy, is catching its breath.

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.

All eight earnings increases are now exceeding +3.0% y/y. From Table B-3, the average annual compensation hikes in October 2018 for ‘all jobs’ nationally were +3.1% hourly and +3.4% weekly. Construction workers, as a subset, reaped more at +3.9% hourly and +3.6% weekly. From Table B-8 (excluding bosses), the ‘all jobs’ financial gains were +3.2% both hourly and weekly. For construction personnel, the payment rises were +4.2% hourly and +4.5% weekly.

Both labor and material costs of construction are on the march again. October’s y/y results for three key Producer Price Index (PPI) series, as calculated by the BLS, were: ‘construction materials special index’, +6.7%; ‘inputs to new construction index, excluding capital investment (i.e., machinery purchases), labor and imports’, +6.6%; and ‘final demand construction’, +4.7%.

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 October were +6.4% m/m; -14.3% y/y; and -9.7% ytd. ‘Grand total’ starts were +0.3% m/m; -14.6% y/y; and -6.6% 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 re-bid, the ‘start’ date is revised to reflect the new information.

Click here to download the Construction Industry Snapshot Package - October 2018 PDF.

Click here for the Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. - October 2018.

Click here for the Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs - October 2018.

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

% Change % Change % Change
Jan-OCT 18 Jan-OCT 18 vs  OCT 18 vs OCT 18 vs
($ billions) Jan-OCT 17 OCT 17 SEP 18
           
Hotel/Motel 21.673 -14.8% -17.5% -12.1%
Retail 15.140 -13.4% -42.5% -26.3%
Parking Garage 2.228 -20.4% -50.1% 61.4%
Amusement 6.960 5.2% 44.1% 13.1%
Private Office  23.736 -6.3% 22.6% 34.0%
Government Office 9.134 -2.9% 32.1% -19.9%
Laboratory 2.586 3.8% -41.6% -62.4%
Warehouse 16.781 -11.8% -30.1% -39.5%
Miscellaneous Commercial 11.048 -31.0% -72.8% -14.9%
COMMERCIAL 109.287 -12.3% -22.5% -12.3%
     
INDUSTRIAL (Manufacturing) 28.910 -17.3% -68.9% 18.8%
     
Religious 1.698 -14.7% -42.2%   -29.5%
Hospital/Clinic 13.023 -12.8% -5.1%   4.9%
Nursing/Assisted Living 8.396 -14.7% -13.1%   26.4%
Library/Museum 2.446 -25.3% 76.8%   52.4%
Police/Courthouse/Prison 6.628 -11.5% 49.6%   264.1%
Military 4.535 13.0% 25.0%   61.3%
School/College 61.091 -2.2% -14.0%   -12.5%
Miscellaneous Government 9.000 -6.9% -22.0%   -47.1%
INSTITUTIONAL 106.817 -6.0% -4.4%   3.5%
       
Miscellaneous Nonresidential 6.041 -9.6% 2.3%   13.4%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 251.055 -10.3% -27.8%   -2.5%
       
Airport 6.336 -46.9% -33.2%   60.7%
Road/Highway 55.927 16.4% 33.8%   -3.0%
Bridge 20.044 13.1% 45.6%   -49.8%
Dam/Marine 5.806 45.7% 91.5%   41.5%
Water/Sewage 25.674 -10.1% 4.0%   10.3%
Miscellaneous Civil 27.073 32.3% 33.8%   -4.4%
HEAVY ENGINEERING 140.860 7.8% 23.0%   -5.4%
     
TOTAL NONRESIDENTIAL 391.915 -4.6% -14.7% -3.6%

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

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

  % Change     % Change % Change
Jan-Oct 18 Jan-Oct 18 vs     Oct 18 vs Oct 18 vs
($ billions) Jan-Oct 17     Oct 17 Sep 18
           
Summary      
CIVIL 140.860 7.8%     23.0% -5.4%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 251.055 -10.3%     -27.8% -2.5%
RESIDENTIAL   246.714 -9.7%     -14.3% 6.4%
GRAND TOTAL   638.628 -6.6%     -14.6% 0.3%
 
Verticals  
Airport 6.336 -46.9%     -33.2% 60.7%
All Other Civil 20.308 52.9%     -26.0% -56.4%
Bridges 20.044 13.1%     45.6% -49.8%
Dams / Canals / Marine Work 5.806 45.7%     91.5% 41.5%
Power Infrastructure 6.764 -5.8%     268.7% 1458.5%
Roads 55.927 16.4%     33.8% -3.0%
    Water and Sewage Treatment 25.674 -10.1%     4.0% 10.3%
CIVIL     140.860 7.8%     23.0% -5.4%
Offices (private) 23.736 -6.3%     22.6% 34.0%
Parking Garages 2.228 -20.4%     -50.1% 61.4%
  Transportation Terminals 4.951 50.6%     -12.5% 9.9%
Commercial (small subset) 30.915 -1.6%     1.9% 32.0%
Amusement 6.960 5.2%     44.1% 13.1%
Libraries / Museums 2.446 -25.3%     76.8% 52.4%
Religious 1.698 -14.7%     -42.2% -29.5%
  Sports Arenas / Convention Centers 6.097 -52.1%     -88.8% -42.1%
Community 17.201 -30.1%     -39.5% 3.6%
College / University 16.005 -20.5%     -36.2% -38.3%
Elementary / Pre School 17.485 0.8%     -8.1% -5.2%
Jr / Sr High School 26.075 11.1%     3.5% 7.4%
  Special / Vocational 1.526 -1.0%     -30.6% -10.4%
Educational 61.091 -2.2%     -14.0% -12.5%
Courthouses 1.180 -49.3%     -45.9% 4.4%
Fire and Police Stations 2.651 5.0%     13.9% 70.9%
Government Offices 9.134 -2.9%     32.1% -19.9%
  Prisons 2.797 6.3%     103.0% 1067.8%
Government 15.762 -6.7%     40.5% 33.8%
Industrial Labs / Labs / School Labs 2.586 3.8%     -41.6% -62.4%
Manufacturing 28.910 -17.3%     -68.9% 18.8%
  Warehouses 16.781 -11.8%     -30.1% -39.5%
Industrial 48.277 -14.5%     -61.2% -14.8%
Hospitals / Clinics 13.023 -12.8%     -5.1% 4.9%
Medical Misc. 9.000 -6.9%     -22.0% -47.1%
  Nursing Homes 8.396 -14.7%     -13.1% 26.4%
Medical   30.419 -11.7%     -12.9% -11.7%
Military   4.535 13.0%     25.0% 61.3%
Hotels 21.673 -14.8%     -17.5% -12.1%
Retail Misc. 6.041 -9.6%     2.3% 13.4%
    Shopping 15.140 -13.4%     -42.5% -26.3%
  Retail   42.854 -13.6%     -24.7% -13.7%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 251.055 -10.3%     -27.8% -2.5%
Multi-Family 72.046 -29.5%     -33.1% 11.4%
    Single-Family 174.667 2.2%     -3.4% 4.5%
RESIDENTIAL   246.714 -9.7%     -14.3% 6.4%
NONRESIDENTIAL 391.915 -4.6%     -14.7% -3.6%
GRAND TOTAL   638.628 -6.6%     -14.6% 0.3%

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 – OCTOBER 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-OCT JAN-OCT
AUG 18 SEP 18 OCT 18 AUG 18 SEP 18 OCT 18 AUG 18 SEP 18 OCT 18 2017 2018
Single Family 17.479 16.153 16.872 17.993 17.177 16.835 17.061 17.019 16.970 170.968 174.667
   month-over-month % change -2.3% -7.6% 4.5% -5.2% -4.5% -2.0% -0.4% -0.2% -0.3%    
   year-over-year % change -4.1% -3.0% -3.4% -4.8% -3.6% -3.5% 3.5% 2.8% 2.7% 7.3% 2.2%
Apartment 7.377 6.155 6.854 7.697 6.906 6.796 7.818 7.597 7.315 102.217 72.046
   month-over-month % change 2.7% -16.6% 11.4% -1.0% -10.3% -1.6% -2.6% -2.8% -3.7%    
   year-over-year % change -25.4% -30.1% -33.1% -28.6% -24.8% -29.6% -15.5% -20.3% -24.5% 40.1% -29.5%
TOTAL RESIDENTIAL 24.856 22.307 23.727 25.690 24.082 23.630 24.879 24.616 24.285 273.185 246.714
   month-over-month % change -0.9% -10.3% 6.4% -4.0% -6.3% -1.9% -1.1% -1.1% -1.3%    
   year-over-year % change -11.6% -12.4% -14.3% -13.5% -10.8% -12.8% -3.3% -5.6% -7.4% 17.6% -9.7%
Hotel/Motel 1.381 2.207 1.941 1.530 1.730 1.843 2.123 2.108 2.074 25.432 21.673
   month-over-month % change -13.9% 59.8% -12.1% -47.7% 13.1% 6.5% -2.7% -0.7% -1.6%    
   year-over-year % change -34.0% -7.3% -17.5% -24.4% -13.7% -19.0% -8.4% -10.5% -12.7% 48.1% -14.8%
Retail 1.231 1.448 1.067 1.424 1.473 1.249 1.527 1.537 1.471 17.488 15.140
   month-over-month % change -29.2% 17.6% -26.3% -8.4% 3.5% -15.2% -3.5% 0.7% -4.3%    
   year-over-year % change -35.0% 9.1% -42.5% -23.1% -6.7% -26.2% -14.4% -11.1% -13.7% -45.9% -13.4%
Parking Garages 0.217 0.162 0.261 0.187 0.187 0.213 0.270 0.267 0.245 2.798 2.228
   month-over-month % change 19.2% -25.3% 61.4% -30.1% -0.1% 14.2% 1.8% -1.0% -8.2%    
   year-over-year % change 35.7% -16.6% -50.1% 76.0% 29.6% -27.1% -2.4% 2.4% -13.6% -29.0% -20.4%
Amusement 0.459 0.854 0.966 0.610 0.603 0.760 0.636 0.659 0.683 6.616 6.960
   month-over-month % change -7.4% 86.0% 13.1% -12.1% -1.2% 26.0% -1.8% 3.5% 3.7%    
   year-over-year % change -23.7% 45.1% 44.1% -20.5% -14.5% 22.5% 0.4% 0.6% 5.2% 25.1% 5.2%
Office 1.339 1.484 1.988 2.610 2.740 1.604 2.300 2.250 2.281 25.323 23.736
   month-over-month % change -75.2% 10.8% 34.0% -0.7% 5.0% -41.5% -1.9% -2.2% 1.4%    
   year-over-year % change -28.9% -28.6% 22.6% 26.8% 50.4% -13.8% -4.9% -6.5% -3.7% 10.3% -6.3%
Governmental Offices 1.066 1.287 1.030 0.992 1.064 1.128 0.791 0.838 0.859 9.403 9.134
   month-over-month % change 26.9% 20.7% -19.9% 2.1% 7.3% 6.0% 2.6% 5.9% 2.5%    
   year-over-year % change 29.3% 77.0% 32.1% -12.2% 10.1% 45.1% -17.8% -13.3% -10.4% -14.5% -2.9%
Laboratories 0.214 0.349 0.131 0.342 0.385 0.232 0.254 0.265 0.257 2.491 2.586
   month-over-month % change -63.8% 63.1% -62.4% -14.7% 12.5% -39.8% 5.1% 4.5% -2.9%    
   year-over-year % change 228.2% 65.1% -41.6% 34.2% 155.9% 38.4% 18.0% 19.4% 9.7% -30.7% 3.8%
Warehouse 1.538 1.951 1.181 1.679 1.863 1.556 1.643 1.651 1.609 19.033 16.781
   month-over-month % change -26.8% 26.8% -39.5% -19.7% 10.9% -16.5% -3.6% 0.5% -2.6%    
   year-over-year % change -32.3% 5.4% -30.1% -22.1% -11.9% -19.6% -5.7% -8.1% -9.9% 53.4% -11.8%
Misc Commercial 0.360 0.660 0.562 1.491 1.023 0.527 1.324 1.322 1.197 16.018 11.048
   month-over-month % change -82.4% 83.5% -14.9% -11.7% -31.4% -48.5% -1.5% -0.2% -9.5%    
   year-over-year % change -40.1% -3.8% -72.8% 85.6% 86.7% -52.8% -5.3% -5.3% -21.1% 53.5% -31.0%
TOTAL COMMERCIAL 7.805 10.402 9.127 10.866 11.069 9.111 10.867 10.897 10.676 124.603 109.287
   month-over-month % change -48.0% 33.3% -12.3% -17.8% 1.9% -17.7% -1.9% 0.3% -2.0%    
   year-over-year % change -24.9% 3.5% -22.5% -2.5% 10.3% -15.2% -7.5% -7.6% -10.1% 4.6% -12.3%
TOTAL INDUSTRIAL  (Manufacturing) 4.423 1.926 2.289 2.520 2.485 2.879 3.728 2.980 2.557 34.970 28.910
   month-over-month % change 300.0% -56.4% 18.8% -50.2% -1.4% 15.9% 4.7% -20.1% -14.2%    
   year-over-year % change 84.4% -82.3% -68.9% 53.1% -48.7% -58.2% 116.2% 16.6% -17.9% 96.3% -17.3%
Religious 0.168 0.175 0.124 0.192 0.155 0.156 0.167 0.170 0.163 1.992 1.698
   month-over-month % change 39.0% 4.4% -29.5% -8.7% -19.2% 0.6% 0.1% 2.1% -4.4%    
   year-over-year % change 1.6% 31.7% -42.2% -14.7% -6.9% -8.9% -11.2% -8.9% -14.4% 37.7% -14.7%
Hosptials/Clinics 1.447 0.876 0.919 1.219 1.071 1.080 1.250 1.231 1.227 14.932 13.023
   month-over-month % change 62.2% -39.5% 4.9% 3.8% -12.1% 0.8% 2.6% -1.6% -0.3%    
   year-over-year % change 34.8% -21.1% -5.1% -10.9% -17.0% 2.8% -21.9% -17.4% -15.1% -21.5% -12.8%
Nursing/Assisted Living 0.606 0.712 0.899 0.708 0.680 0.739 0.902 0.883 0.872 9.842 8.396
   month-over-month % change -16.1% 17.5% 26.4% -15.6% -3.9% 8.7% -2.5% -2.1% -1.3%    
   year-over-year % change -31.4% -24.5% -13.1% -33.8% -28.1% -22.5% -3.6% -8.3% -9.4% 22.7% -14.7%
Libraries/Museums 0.177 0.249 0.380 0.187 0.196 0.268 0.222 0.216 0.230 3.273 2.446
   month-over-month % change 9.7% 40.8% 52.4% -32.5% 4.5% 37.2% -7.4% -2.6% 6.4%    
   year-over-year % change -54.6% -21.7% 76.8% -51.1% -47.5% -12.7% -29.7% -32.8% -28.5% 24.6% -25.3%
Police/Courthouse/Prison 0.870 0.300 1.093 0.849 0.688 0.754 0.631 0.602 0.632 7.485 6.628
   month-over-month % change -2.5% -65.5% 264.1% 7.6% -19.0% 9.7% 2.7% -4.6% 5.0%    
   year-over-year % change 30.3% -53.8% 49.6% 44.4% 15.8% 10.5% -6.2% -13.8% -9.7% 47.2% -11.5%
Military 0.483 0.568 0.917 0.414 0.475 0.656 0.437 0.426 0.441 4.015 4.535
   month-over-month % change 29.5% 17.6% 61.3% -22.5% 14.7% 38.1% 4.2% -2.4% 3.6%    
   year-over-year % change 76.1% -18.1% 25.0% 16.0% 7.1% 15.7% 12.9% 9.5% 10.5% 2.9% 13.0%
Schools/Colleges 6.177 4.733 4.144 7.742 5.922 5.018 5.709 5.728 5.672 62.485 61.091
   month-over-month % change -9.9% -23.4% -12.5% -4.8% -23.5% -15.3% 1.8% 0.3% -1.0%    
   year-over-year % change 24.2% 5.0% -14.0% 9.3% 11.0% 5.3% -5.0% -5.6% -4.9% 2.4% -2.2%
Misc Government 0.677 1.181 0.625 0.991 0.918 0.828 0.844 0.868 0.853 9.663 9.000
   month-over-month % change -24.5% 74.5% -47.1% -2.4% -7.3% -9.8% -7.0% 2.9% -1.7%    
   year-over-year % change -52.9% 32.9% -22.0% -7.9% -9.4% -20.6% -8.8% -7.1% -7.2% 49.8% -6.9%
TOTAL INSTITUTIONAL 10.605 8.794 9.100 12.301 10.104 9.499 10.162 10.124 10.089 113.687 106.817
   month-over-month % change -2.8% -17.1% 3.5% -5.1% -17.9% -6.0% 0.6% -0.4% -0.3%    
   year-over-year % change 7.5% -4.9% -4.4% 1.3% -0.5% -0.4% -7.9% -8.4% -7.5% 5.7% -6.0%
Misc Non Residential 0.489 0.540 0.612 0.676 0.600 0.547 0.601 0.584 0.585 6.680 6.041
   month-over-month % change -36.6% 10.3% 13.4% -4.0% -11.3% -8.9% -3.5% -2.9% 0.2%    
   year-over-year % change -34.9% -27.9% 2.3% -5.5% -18.2% -21.8% -11.6% -13.8% -11.9% -9.3% -9.6%
TOTAL NONRES BUILDING 23.321 21.662 21.128 26.362 24.258 22.037 25.359 24.586 23.908 279.940 251.055
   month-over-month % change -16.1% -7.1% -2.5% -17.5% -8.0% -9.2% 0.0% -3.0% -2.8%    
   year-over-year % change -0.4% -30.0% -27.8% 2.7% -5.9% -20.9% 0.7% -5.7% -10.0% 11.1% -10.3%
Airports 0.605 0.538 0.864 0.561 0.606 0.669 0.938 0.614 0.578 11.940 6.336
   month-over-month % change -10.4% -11.1% 60.7% 4.6% 8.0% 10.4% -0.9% -34.6% -5.8%    
   year-over-year % change -14.3% -87.9% -33.2% -5.0% -68.6% -68.8% 32.1% -40.6% -45.6% 104.5% -46.9%
Roads/Highways 6.581 4.520 4.386 6.635 6.114 5.162 4.939 4.989 5.081 48.035 55.927
   month-over-month % change -9.1% -31.3% -3.0% 0.6% -7.9% -15.6% 3.6% 1.0% 1.9%    
   year-over-year % change 46.4% 15.2% 33.8% 25.0% 29.8% 32.4% 7.5% 9.8% 12.0% 7.4% 16.4%
Bridges 1.387 2.692 1.351 1.826 1.975 1.810 1.779 1.875 1.910 17.729 20.044
   month-over-month % change -24.8% 94.1% -49.8% -8.0% 8.2% -8.3% -1.6% 5.4% 1.9%    
   year-over-year % change -20.3% 75.2% 45.6% 11.1% 17.2% 29.2% 11.5% 13.5% 15.6% 42.9% 13.1%
Dams/Marine 0.605 0.776 1.098 0.581 0.635 0.826 0.491 0.532 0.576 3.985 5.806
   month-over-month % change 15.0% 28.3% 41.5% -2.1% 9.4% 30.0% 4.8% 8.3% 8.2%    
   year-over-year % change 81.7% 173.5% 91.5% 43.3% 49.8% 108.3% 35.7% 44.6% 49.8% 28.1% 45.7%
Water/Sewage 2.162 2.155 2.376 2.423 2.321 2.231 2.416 2.420 2.428 28.550 25.674
   month-over-month % change -18.3% -0.3% 10.3% -18.1% -4.2% -3.9% -1.5% 0.1% 0.3%    
   year-over-year % change -16.8% 1.9% 4.0% -5.5% 0.9% -4.4% -13.1% -12.3% -11.9% 10.0% -10.1%
Misc Civil 0.771 2.562 2.450 1.472 1.348 1.928 2.830 2.696 2.748 20.458 27.073
   month-over-month % change 8.7% 232.2% -4.4% -8.8% -8.4% 43.0% -7.0% -4.7% 1.9%    
   year-over-year % change -76.8% -38.5% 33.8% -26.2% -55.0% -37.9% 83.8% 50.1% 47.4% 81.8% 32.3%
TOTAL ENGINEERING 12.111 13.242 12.524 13.497 12.999 12.626 13.394 13.126 13.321 130.695 140.860
   month-over-month % change -11.2% 9.3% -5.4% -5.5% -3.7% -2.9% -0.7% -2.0% 1.5%    
   year-over-year % change -8.2% -19.5% 23.0% 7.9% -7.4% -4.9% 15.6% 8.0% 8.7% 26.6% 7.8%
GRAND TOTAL 60.288 57.211 57.379 65.549 61.339 58.293 63.632 62.328 61.513 683.821 638.628
   month-over-month % change -9.4% -5.1% 0.3% -10.2% -6.4% -5.0% -0.6% -2.0% -1.3%    
   year-over-year % change -6.8% -21.5% -14.6% -3.4% -8.2% -14.6% 1.8% -3.1% -5.4% 16.4% -6.6%
NONRES BLDG + ENGINEERING 35.433 34.904 33.652 39.859 37.257 34.663 38.752 37.712 37.229 410.635 391.915
   month-over-month % change -14.5% -1.5% -3.6% -13.8% -6.5% -7.0% -0.3% -2.7% -1.3%    
   year-over-year % change -3.2% -26.4% -14.7% 4.4% -6.4% -15.8% 5.4% -1.4% -4.1% 15.6% -4.6%

Data Source and Table: ConstructConnect.

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

Jan-OCT 2017 Jan-OCT 2018 % Change
Connecticut $4,613,854,273 $3,193,442,197 -30.8%
Maine $1,469,296,606 $1,839,427,681 25.2%
Massachusetts $8,900,879,179 $7,657,479,908 -14.0%
New Hampshire $1,122,067,979 $1,311,195,714 16.9%
Rhode Island $1,179,535,076 $2,073,822,847 75.8%
Vermont $651,977,824 $422,121,766 -35.3%
Total New England $17,937,610,937   $16,497,490,113   -8.0%
New Jersey $8,600,151,264 $6,612,234,117 -23.1%
New York $32,436,578,864 $24,645,563,048 -24.0%
Pennsylvania $20,006,685,803 $11,178,782,276 -44.1%
Total Middle Atlantic $61,043,415,931   $42,436,579,441   -30.5%
TOTAL NORTHEAST $78,981,026,868   $58,934,069,554   -25.4%
Illinois $11,637,395,168 $11,285,918,304 -3.0%
Indiana $6,007,997,283 $7,079,679,756 17.8%
Michigan $14,919,104,891 $8,378,602,893 -43.8%
Ohio $12,666,231,524 $13,491,575,724 6.5%
Wisconsin $8,930,340,370 $18,648,515,821 108.8%
Total East North Central $54,161,069,236   $58,884,292,498   8.7%
Iowa $4,937,690,985 $4,452,679,095 -9.8%
Kansas $3,394,407,086 $4,653,687,653 37.1%
Minnesota $8,429,477,783 $7,556,099,728 -10.4%
Missouri $7,173,167,930 $6,745,145,348 -6.0%
Nebraska $2,902,568,663 $2,191,477,272 -24.5%
North Dakota $1,779,593,669 $2,983,834,018 67.7%
South Dakota $2,065,626,992 $1,347,804,916 -34.8%
Total West North Central $30,682,533,108   $29,930,728,030   -2.5%
TOTAL MIDWEST $84,843,602,344   $88,815,020,528   4.7%
Delaware $1,385,212,111 $894,656,068 -35.4%
District of Columbia $2,190,906,368 $2,826,677,067 29.0%
Florida $26,223,877,993 $24,176,978,913 -7.8%
Georgia $11,083,618,225 $9,865,095,160 -11.0%
Maryland $6,422,962,835 $6,382,230,639 -0.6%
North Carolina $11,710,915,054 $12,158,188,571 3.8%
South Carolina $7,114,704,788 $5,421,464,065 -23.8%
Virginia $10,612,977,719 $12,993,227,742 22.4%
West Virginia $1,436,517,818 $7,009,255,220 387.9%
Total South Atlantic $78,181,692,911   $81,727,773,445   4.5%
Alabama $4,993,070,662 $4,865,139,498 -2.6%
Kentucky $3,583,602,387 $5,730,405,585 59.9%
Mississippi $2,208,607,309 $2,032,753,879 -8.0%
Tennessee $6,473,248,916 $6,843,767,331 5.7%
Total East South Central $17,258,529,274   $19,472,066,293   12.8%
Arkansas $2,457,310,994 $2,784,092,015 13.3%
Louisiana $5,358,667,240 $4,154,344,014 -22.5%
Oklahoma $5,541,957,159 $5,020,672,536 -9.4%
Texas $53,322,259,934 $43,125,047,480 -19.1%
Total West South Central $66,680,195,327   $55,084,156,045   -17.4%
TOTAL SOUTH $162,120,417,512   $156,283,995,783   -3.6%
Arizona $5,712,053,323 $7,905,991,492 38.4%
Colorado $6,784,369,429 $7,314,196,891 7.8%
Idaho $1,328,939,737 $1,797,628,657 35.3%
Montana $987,479,349 $1,270,577,510 28.7%
Nevada $2,638,155,383 $4,689,070,828 77.7%
New Mexico $1,727,256,047 $1,922,101,036 11.3%
Utah $5,013,561,109 $5,602,834,381 11.8%
Wyoming $969,063,171 $937,209,814 -3.3%
Total Mountain $25,160,877,548   $31,439,610,609   25.0%
Alaska $1,556,994,722 $1,477,236,895 -5.1%
California $41,479,943,649 $36,650,045,263 -11.6%
Hawaii $1,471,673,955 $1,945,387,295 32.2%
Oregon $5,096,620,488 $5,199,505,534 2.0%
Washington $9,924,275,970 $11,169,939,868 12.6%
Total Pacific $59,529,508,784   $56,442,114,855   -5.2%
TOTAL WEST $84,690,386,332   $87,881,725,464   3.8%
TOTAL U.S. $410,635,433,056   $391,914,811,329   -4.6%

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

Data Source and Table: ConstructConnect.