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By: Alex Carrick on August 14th, 2017

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ConstructConnect's YTD Starts +1% after July’s Retreat of -14%

Industry Snapshot

ConstructConnect today announced a July volume of construction starts, excluding homebuilding activity, that amounted to $30.8 billion. July’s nonresidential total was -13.8% versus the comparable sum in June. The usual June-to-July change, due to seasonality, is +3.5%.

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July of this year versus July of last year was also weak, -17.6%. Standalone July of this year versus July’s average level over the past five years (2012-2016 inclusive) was +0.7%.

Year-to-date starts through the first seven months of this year are now almost exactly the same as they were from January-to-July of last year. They are barely positive, at +0.5%.

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 June 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., July 2017) is one month ahead of the reporting period for the investment series (i.e., June 2017.)

The total number of jobs in construction in the U.S. rose by +6,000 in July according to the latest Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Thanks to strong hiring in the on-site sector in January (+34,000) and February (+54,000), the monthly average increase through July of 2017 has been +17,000, a solid improvement versus the +11,000 figure on average through the same time frame in 2016. The year-over-year climb in ‘hard hat’ jobs is presently +2.8%, which is nearly double the increase for all jobs economy-wide (+1.5%).

The not seasonally adjusted (NSA) unemployment rate in construction in July of this year was 4.9%. For the same seventh month of last year, it had been a little tighter, at 4.5%.

Jobs with architectural and engineering firms climbed by +3.6% year over year in July. Healthy hiring by the design professions is an encouraging ‘leading indicator’ for construction. In other fields of employment with ties to construction, ‘building material and supplies dealers’ have raised payrolls by a mere +0.4% year over year. The ‘oil and gas extraction’ sector, though, has turned an important corner. After 26 months in a row of negative year-over-year jobs results, it has finally achieved increases in the latest two months, June (+0.1%) and July (+0.2%).

Month-to-month (m/m) starts overall (-13.8%) were led downwards by the industrial (-29.1%) and institutional (-27.4%) subcategories, with commercial (-18.8%) also significantly failing to match its previous level. Only heavy engineering/civil successfully pulled off a gain (+4.7%).

As for the nonresidential decline (-17.6%) in this year’s July versus last year’s July (y/y), the major subcategories of work again fell short, with industrial -27.6%, commercial -26.5% and institutional -21.1%. To say engineering, at -6.1%, wasn’t quite as bad is faint praise.

The year-to-date (ytd) total starts performance of +0.5% has resulted from an uplift in engineering (+19.9%) that has been almost exactly counterbalanced by combined downshifts in industrial (-27.2%), commercial (-7.1%) and institutional (-2.6%).

‘Road/highway’ work (with a 43% share) is the largest subcategory within engineering and in July its level of starts was -5.2% m/m; but +13.4% y/y; and +17.3% ytd. The second biggest component of civil, ‘water/sewage’ work (with a 21% slice), had starts that were down across the board: -17.6% m/m; -21.1% y/y; and -2.3% ytd. ‘Bridge’ work (with a current share of 16%) also plays a key role in civil. In July, its starts were +32.7% m/m and +40.9% ytd, but -26.6% y/y.

So far this year, ‘hotel/motel’ work has accounted for the largest proportion (22%) of commercial. Accommodation starts in July may have been -42.0% m/m and -48.8% y/y, but they were an impressive +53.7% ytd. The ‘private office buildings’ designation is next biggest within commercial (20%) and it was -27.4% m/m; -8.4% y/y; but an almost even -1.1% ytd.

‘Retail/shopping’ (14% of commercial) turned in a disastrous record in the latest month. ‘Bricks and mortar’ starts were -25.5% m/m; -32.0% y/y; and -54.7% ytd. Warehouses (12% of commercial), however, did exceptionally well: +61.7% m/m; +31.0% y/y; and +32.2% ytd.

The ‘school/college’ component has yielded 56% of total institutional starts in the first seven months of this year. In July, educational starts were -32.3% m/m; -14.4% y/y; and -6.3% ytd. ‘Hospital/clinic’ starts (with a 15% share) are next most significant within institutional. The health care segment also had a disappointing July: -37.2% m/m; -70.3% y/y; and -21.3% ytd.

There are four types-of-structures embedded within other categories that have been managing upbeat performances worthy of mention: ‘sports stadiums/convention centers’, +89.3% ytd; ‘courthouses’, +146.8% ytd; ‘prisons’, +35.0% ytd; and ‘junior/senior high schools’, +9.4% ytd.

Table 2 of this report reorders 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.

The six graphs on show 12-month moving average trend lines for major type-of-structure categories. While ‘private office buildings’, ‘schools/colleges’ and ‘hospitals/clinics’ all display curves that have recently been descending, the most severe pullback has been in ‘retail’. On the flip side, only ‘roads/highways’ is sustaining a long-term pattern of moving upwards, as the past-couple-of-years’ positive trend for ‘bridges’ has run into a snag of late.

As for compensation increases in the latest month, Table B-3 (which includes supervisory personnel) of the latest Employment Situation report from the BLS records a +2.4% y/y gain for both average hourly and average weekly earnings in the construction sector. The all-jobs hikes were a little better at +2.5% and +2.8% respectively. Table B-8 of the BLS report (which omits bosses), has construction workers’ earnings at +2.5% y/y both hourly and weekly, while the national all-jobs increases weren’t quite as ‘meaty’, at +2.4% both hourly and 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 - July 2017 PDF.

Click here for the Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. - July 2017.

Click here for the Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs - July 2017.

TABLE 1: VALUE OF UNITED STATES
CONSTRUCTION STARTS – JULY 2017
(CONSTRUCTCONNECT)

% Change % Change % Change
Jan-JUL 17 Jan-JUL 17 vs JUL 17 vs JUL 17 vs
($ billions) Jan-JUL 16 JUL 15 JUN 17
           
Hotel/Motel 18.120 53.7% -48.8% -42.0%
Retail 10.924 -54.7% -32.0% -25.5%
Parking Garage 1.472 -53.3% -82.2% 47.3%
Amusement 4.098 9.7% -15.7% -13.7%
Private Office 16.362 -1.1% -8.4% -27.4%
Government Office 6.470 -19.2% -29.9% 13.3%
Laboratory 1.181 -64.0% 111.1% -0.3%
Warehouse 10.029 32.2% 31.0% 61.7%
Miscellaneous Commercial 11.957 39.8% -27.7% -47.7%
COMMERCIAL 80.612 -7.1% -26.5% -18.8%
   
INDUSTRIAL (Manufacturing) 10.708 -27.2% -27.6% -29.1%
   
Religious 1.339 31.5% 42.3%   -26.0%
Hospital/Clinic 11.138 -21.3% -70.3%   -37.2%
Nursing/Assisted Living 5.342 -5.1% 21.9%   -21.0%
Library/Museum 2.036 1.0% 117.0%   -2.2%
Police/Courthouse/Prison 5.329 51.5% -19.6%   -24.4%
Military 2.567 12.8% -16.7%   32.5%
School/College 42.827 -6.3% -14.4%   -32.3%
Miscellaneous Government 5.575 42.4% -19.0%   -20.0%
INSTITUTIONAL 76.152 -2.6% -21.1%   -27.4%
     
Miscellaneous Nonresidential 3.905 -22.6% -24.0%   17.5%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 171.377 -7.2% -23.8%   -22.9%
     
Airport 5.519 117.8% -3.0%   66.6%
Road/Highway 37.191 17.3% 13.4%   -5.2%
Bridge 13.590 40.9% -26.6%   32.7%
Dam/Marine 2.761 26.3% 71.9%   172.5%
Water/Sewage 17.956 -2.3% -21.1%   -17.6%
Miscellaneous Civil 10.444 23.0% -25.0%   19.8%
HEAVY ENGINEERING 87.461 19.9% -6.1%   4.7%
     
TOTAL NONRESIDENTIAL 258.839 0.5% -17.6% -13.8%

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

TABLE 2: VALUE OF UNITED STATES
CONSTRUCTION STARTS
CONSTRUCTCONNECT INSIGHT VERSION
– JULY 2017
Arranged to match the alphabetical category drop-down menus in INSIGHT

  % Change     % Change % Change
Jan-Jul 17 Jan-Jul 17 vs     Jul 17 vs Jul 17 vs
($ billions) Jan-Jul 16     Jul 16 Jun 17
           
Summary      
CIVIL 87.461 19.9%     -6.1% 4.7%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 171.377 -7.2%     -23.8% -22.9%
RESIDENTIAL   176.103 8.3%     -4.3% -21.8%
GRAND TOTAL   434.942 3.5%     -12.3% -17.5%
 
Verticals  
Airport 5.519 117.8%     -3.0% 66.6%
All Other Civil 6.392 -16.4%     -26.4% 50.6%
Bridges 13.590 40.9%     -26.6% 32.7%
Dams / Canals / Marine Work 2.761 26.3%     71.9% 172.5%
Power Infrastructure 4.053 379.7%     2.2% -70.2%
Roads 37.191 17.3%     13.4% -5.2%
    Water and Sewage Treatment 17.956 -2.3%     -21.1% -17.6%
CIVIL     87.461 19.9%     -6.1% 4.7%
Offices (private) 16.362 -1.1%     -8.4% -27.4%
Parking Garages 1.472 -53.3%     -82.2% 47.3%
  Transportation Terminals 2.609 -27.8%     -34.9% -11.0%
Commercial (small subset) 20.443 -12.3%     -29.5% -23.0%
Amusement 4.098 9.7%     -15.7% -13.7%
Libraries / Museums 2.036 1.0%     117.0% -2.2%
Religious 1.339 31.5%     42.3% -26.0%
  Sports Arenas / Convention Centers 9.348 89.3%     -19.7% -61.8%
Community 16.820 43.7%     5.6% -30.9%
College / University 12.515 -16.7%     -47.1% -39.8%
Elementary / Pre School 12.840 -11.3%     -5.6% -30.1%
Jr / Sr High School 16.595 9.4%     2.2% -29.3%
  Special / Vocational 0.876 -13.8%     -9.6% -56.0%
Educational 42.827 -6.3%     -14.4% -32.3%
Courthouses 2.079 146.8%     -76.4% -62.2%
Fire and Police Stations 1.624 10.4%     3.5% -6.6%
Government Offices 6.470 -19.2%     -29.9% 13.3%
  Prisons 1.626 35.0%     25.8% -22.6%
Government 11.799 2.4%     -27.1% -1.2%
Industrial Labs / Labs / School Labs 1.181 -64.0%     111.1% -0.3%
Manufacturing 10.708 -27.2%     -27.6% -29.1%
  Warehouses 10.029 32.2%     31.0% 61.7%
Industrial 21.918 -14.3%     10.9% 16.3%
Hospitals / Clinics 11.138 -21.3%     -70.3% -37.2%
Medical Misc. 5.575 42.4%     -19.0% -20.0%
  Nursing Homes 5.342 -5.1%     21.9% -21.0%
Medical   22.055 -7.0%     -42.4% -26.8%
Military   2.567 12.8%     -16.7% 32.5%
Hotels 18.120 53.7%     -48.8% -42.0%
Retail Misc. 3.905 -22.6%     -24.0% 17.5%
    Shopping 10.924 -54.7%     -32.0% -25.5%
  Retail   32.949 -19.6%     -38.6% -28.1%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 171.377 -7.2%     -23.8% -22.9%
Multi-Family 59.538 13.5%     -28.1% -49.8%
    Single-Family 116.565 5.8%     6.9% -4.9%
RESIDENTIAL   176.103 8.3%     -4.3% -21.8%
NONRESIDENTIAL 258.839 0.5%     -17.6% -13.8%
GRAND TOTAL   434.942 3.5%     -12.3% -17.5%

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 2017 – 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
MAY 17 JUN 17 JUL 17 MAY 17 JUN 17 JUL 17 MAY 17 JUN 17 JUL 17 2016 2017
Single Family 17.895 19.169 18.223 17.402 18.336 18.429 15.876 15.994 16.092 110.222 116.565
month-over-month % change -0.3% 7.1% -4.9% 7.8% 5.4% 0.5% 0.6% 0.7% 0.6%    
year-over-year % change 7.1% 8.0% 6.9% 6.4% 6.2% 7.3% 5.2% 5.5% 6.1% 8.7% 5.8%
Apartment 6.619 11.545 5.798 8.664 9.000 7.987 7.717 8.024 7.835 52.440 59.538
month-over-month % change -25.1% 74.4% -49.8% -5.5% 3.9% -11.3% -1.0% 4.0% -2.4%    
year-over-year % change -12.5% 46.9% -28.1% 13.1% 10.8% 2.0% 18.5% 19.6% 14.2% 45.8% 13.5%
TOTAL RESIDENTIAL 24.514 30.714 24.020 26.066 27.336 26.416 23.593 24.018 23.927 162.663 176.103
month-over-month % change -8.5% 25.3% -21.8% 3.0% 4.9% -3.4% 0.1% 1.8% -0.4%    
year-over-year % change 1.0% 19.9% -4.3% 8.6% 7.7% 5.7% 9.2% 9.8% 8.6% 18.4% 8.3%
Hotel/Motel 1.825 2.227 1.291 3.461 2.429 1.781 2.263 2.317 2.214 11.788 18.120
month-over-month % change -43.6% 22.0% -42.0% -7.8% -29.8% -26.7% 0.4% 2.4% -4.4%    
year-over-year % change 6.8% 40.6% -48.8% 96.6% 36.1% -8.1% 50.2% 50.5% 32.7% 76.6% 53.7%
Retail 1.483 1.724 1.285 1.489 1.589 1.497 2.307 1.892 1.841 24.134 10.924
month-over-month % change -4.9% 16.3% -25.5% -9.4% 6.7% -5.7% -5.5% -18.0% -2.7%    
year-over-year % change -52.2% -74.3% -32.0% -55.7% -64.6% -61.6% -14.6% -35.8% -37.8% 86.8% -54.7%
Parking Garages 0.354 0.068 0.099 0.380 0.319 0.174 0.310 0.277 0.239 3.151 1.472
month-over-month % change -33.9% -80.9% 47.3% 36.2% -16.1% -45.6% -10.1% -10.6% -13.8%    
year-over-year % change -54.2% -85.4% -82.2% -41.0% -58.0% -71.0% -15.4% -27.7% -25.6% 23.7% -53.3%
Amusement 0.673 0.667 0.575 0.617 0.650 0.638 0.564 0.578 0.569 3.736 4.098
month-over-month % change 10.3% -0.9% -13.7% 6.3% 5.3% -1.8% 2.0% 2.5% -1.5%    
year-over-year % change 24.4% 33.8% -15.7% 11.8% 21.3% 11.3% -4.1% 0.3% -3.4% -60.5% 9.7%
Office 1.172 1.893 1.375 1.732 1.575 1.480 2.282 2.167 2.156 16.538 16.362
month-over-month % change -29.3% 61.5% -27.4% -44.1% -9.1% -6.0% -2.8% -5.0% -0.5%    
year-over-year % change -40.0% -42.2% -8.4% -30.4% -34.0% -34.0% 12.4% 5.9% 3.6% 51.3% -1.1%
Governmental Offices 0.855 0.996 1.129 0.970 0.931 0.993 1.017 1.004 0.964 8.004 6.470
month-over-month % change -9.1% 16.6% 13.3% 13.8% -4.1% 6.8% -0.6% -1.2% -4.0%    
year-over-year % change -8.1% -13.1% -29.9% -12.9% -12.1% -19.2% 1.9% -2.1% -5.9% 28.5% -19.2%
Laboratories 0.327 0.175 0.174 0.184 0.196 0.225 0.143 0.144 0.152 3.278 1.181
month-over-month % change 282.4% -46.6% -0.3% 41.2% 6.3% 15.1% -5.3% 0.8% 5.3%    
year-over-year % change -22.5% 8.2% 111.1% -78.5% -14.5% 1.5% -58.3% -58.8% -56.5% 130.5% -64.0%
Warehouse 1.146 0.826 1.335 1.617 1.164 1.102 1.424 1.409 1.436 7.586 10.029
month-over-month % change -24.6% -27.9% 61.7% -9.4% -28.0% -5.3% -2.7% -1.0% 1.9%    
year-over-year % change -29.1% -17.8% 31.0% 29.4% -5.1% -9.2% -3.2% -2.7% 9.8% 6.4% 32.2%
Misc Commercial 3.445 1.055 0.552 2.757 2.188 1.684 1.361 1.354 1.336 8.553 11.957
month-over-month % change 67.0% -69.4% -47.7% 51.6% -20.6% -23.0% 17.4% -0.5% -1.3%    
year-over-year % change 235.6% -7.4% -27.7% 163.8% 91.9% 72.4% 4.3% 8.5% 9.6% -16.7% 39.8%
TOTAL COMMERCIAL 11.280 9.631 7.817 13.207 11.040 9.576 11.672 11.142 10.908 86.766 80.612
month-over-month % change -7.6% -14.6% -18.8% -5.3% -16.4% -13.3% -0.6% -4.5% -2.1%    
year-over-year % change -6.6% -39.7% -26.5% 1.0% -18.9% -25.7% 3.2% -3.6% -5.3% 28.4% -7.1%
TOTAL INDUSTRIAL (Manufacturing) 1.044 0.761 0.539 1.567 0.904 0.781 1.376 1.368 1.351 14.702 10.708
month-over-month % change 15.3% -27.1% -29.1% 5.1% -42.4% -13.5% -1.0% -0.6% -1.3%    
year-over-year % change -13.2% -11.7% -27.6% -56.3% -73.3% -16.6% -18.0% -16.4% -16.0% 40.7% -27.2%
Religious 0.187 0.253 0.187 0.198 0.249 0.209 0.160 0.167 0.172 1.018 1.339
month-over-month % change -38.9% 35.2% -26.0% 8.7% 25.5% -16.0% -0.2% 4.7% 2.8%    
year-over-year % change -2.4% 54.4% 42.3% 37.1% 49.6% 28.8% 7.2% 20.0% 23.5% -2.8% 31.5%
Hosptials/Clinics 3.074 1.101 0.691 2.266 1.962 1.622 1.836 1.671 1.534 14.157 11.138
month-over-month % change 79.7% -64.2% -37.2% 39.2% -13.4% -17.3% 7.6% -9.0% -8.2%    
year-over-year % change 103.5% -64.3% -70.3% 27.7% -8.7% -29.7% 20.7% -0.3% -12.8% 89.9% -21.3%
Nursing/Assisted Living 0.839 1.185 0.936 0.803 0.989 0.987 0.727 0.773 0.787 5.630 5.342
month-over-month % change -11.1% 41.3% -21.0% 17.8% 23.1% -0.3% -2.3% 6.3% 1.8%    
year-over-year % change -19.8% 85.6% 21.9% -4.3% 15.7% 20.7% 12.2% 16.1% 12.2% 95.6% -5.1%
Libraries/Museums 0.162 0.376 0.368 0.292 0.268 0.302 0.271 0.253 0.269 2.016 2.036
month-over-month % change -38.9% 131.9% -2.2% 12.1% -8.3% 12.8% -4.8% -6.6% 6.5%    
year-over-year % change -50.0% -36.3% 117.0% -9.9% -29.4% -16.4% -2.3% -17.8% -13.7% 58.1% 1.0%
Police/Courthouse/Prison 0.629 0.626 0.474 0.623 0.711 0.576 0.666 0.660 0.651 3.518 5.329
month-over-month % change -28.4% -0.4% -24.4% -31.0% 14.2% -19.0% -0.3% -0.8% -1.5%    
year-over-year % change -3.3% -9.1% -19.6% 10.6% 22.9% -10.3% 29.1% 26.7% 34.8% -7.5% 51.5%
Military 0.664 0.458 0.606 0.360 0.461 0.576 0.417 0.424 0.414 2.276 2.567
month-over-month % change 153.5% -31.1% 32.5% 112.2% 28.3% 24.9% 8.8% 1.8% -2.4%    
year-over-year % change 156.2% 24.6% -16.7% 89.9% 95.2% 27.6% -14.1% -5.5% -13.7% -2.3% 12.8%
Schools/Colleges 7.980 8.291 5.613 6.792 7.739 7.295 5.741 5.683 5.605 45.684 42.827
month-over-month % change 14.9% 3.9% -32.3% 29.4% 13.9% -5.7% -0.1% -1.0% -1.4%    
year-over-year % change -1.0% -7.7% -14.4% -7.8% -6.6% -7.3% 4.0% 0.0% -1.9% 19.7% -6.3%
Misc Government 0.835 0.670 0.535 0.806 0.765 0.680 0.795 0.800 0.790 3.916 5.575
month-over-month % change 5.6% -19.8% -20.0% -12.0% -5.1% -11.1% 3.6% 0.6% -1.3%    
year-over-year % change 64.9% 9.6% -19.0% 41.1% 49.6% 14.7% 85.2% 83.6% 69.0% 77.6% 42.4%
TOTAL INSTITUTIONAL 14.371 12.959 9.411 12.140 13.144 12.247 10.612 10.432 10.222 78.215 76.152
month-over-month % change 18.7% -9.8% -27.4% 21.5% 8.3% -6.8% 1.4% -1.7% -2.0%    
year-over-year % change 14.5% -14.3% -21.1% 3.1% -0.1% -7.2% 11.2% 5.6% 1.6% 32.2% -2.6%
Misc Non Residential 0.603 0.578 0.680 0.607 0.623 0.620 0.660 0.644 0.626 5.047 3.905
month-over-month % change -12.3% -4.0% 17.5% 11.1% 2.6% -0.4% -2.1% -2.4% -2.8%    
year-over-year % change -21.8% -24.7% -24.0% -18.1% -14.9% -23.5% 20.2% 12.0% 1.9% 97.5% -22.6%
TOTAL NONRES BUILDING 27.297 23.929 18.447 27.521 25.710 23.224 24.320 23.586 23.106 184.730 171.377
month-over-month % change 5.4% -12.3% -22.9% 6.0% -6.6% -9.7% 0.2% -3.0% -2.0%    
year-over-year % change 2.6% -26.9% -23.8% -5.7% -16.7% -16.6% 5.4% -0.3% -2.9% 32.2% -7.2%
Airports 0.753 0.430 0.717 0.774 0.545 0.634 0.805 0.805 0.804 2.534 5.519
month-over-month % change 66.7% -42.8% 66.6% -31.5% -29.5% 16.2% 5.0% 0.1% -0.2%    
year-over-year % change 153.8% 2.1% -3.0% 333.7% 102.0% 30.4% 85.9% 83.3% 68.6% 91.8% 117.8%
Roads/Highways 7.781 5.797 5.493 6.096 6.388 6.357 4.598 4.663 4.717 31.705 37.191
month-over-month % change 39.3% -25.5% -5.2% 29.3% 4.8% -0.5% 2.8% 1.4% 1.2%    
year-over-year % change 24.0% 15.4% 13.4% 25.6% 20.1% 18.2% 2.0% 4.4% 7.1% 4.0% 17.3%
Bridges 2.157 1.419 1.882 2.454 1.921 1.819 1.564 1.594 1.537 9.648 13.590
month-over-month % change -1.4% -34.2% 32.7% 12.0% -21.7% -5.3% 6.4% 1.9% -3.6%    
year-over-year % change 109.4% 33.3% -26.6% 85.9% 67.2% 17.2% 40.2% 40.7% 21.1% 28.7% 40.9%
Dams/Marine 0.530 0.245 0.667 0.465 0.458 0.480 0.353 0.336 0.360 2.186 2.761
month-over-month % change -11.5% -53.8% 172.5% 37.9% -1.7% 5.0% 4.1% -4.8% 6.9%    
year-over-year % change 46.7% -45.4% 71.9% 56.5% 14.0% 20.4% -15.2% -22.2% -16.9% -32.9% 26.3%
Water/Sewage 3.056 2.908 2.396 2.663 2.921 2.787 2.533 2.558 2.504 18.370 17.956
month-over-month % change 9.1% -4.8% -17.6% 8.4% 9.7% -4.6% -2.1% 1.0% -2.1%    
year-over-year % change -17.3% 11.7% -21.1% -10.8% -11.5% -10.5% -3.5% -1.5% -3.6% 14.7% -2.3%
Misc Civil 0.866 0.972 1.165 1.839 1.601 1.001 1.277 1.293 1.260 8.494 10.444
month-over-month % change -70.8% 12.2% 19.8% -17.3% -13.0% -37.5% -3.1% 1.2% -2.5%    
year-over-year % change -36.4% 24.5% -25.0% 31.4% 35.2% -18.8% -18.8% -13.9% -15.6% -21.5% 23.0%
TOTAL ENGINEERING 15.143 11.771 12.320 14.292 13.834 13.078 11.130 11.249 11.182 72.937 87.461
month-over-month % change 3.8% -22.3% 4.7% 9.5% -3.2% -5.5% 1.6% 1.1% -0.6%    
year-over-year % change 16.3% 13.8% -6.1% 29.5% 19.0% 7.5% 4.3% 6.4% 4.8% 5.1% 19.9%
GRAND TOTAL 66.954 66.414 54.787 67.879 66.880 62.718 59.042 58.852 58.215 420.330 434.942
month-over-month % change -0.5% -0.8% -17.5% 5.5% -1.5% -6.2% 0.4% -0.3% -1.1%    
year-over-year % change 4.8% -3.3% -12.3% 5.7% -1.5% -3.5% 6.7% 4.9% 3.0% 21.3% 3.5%
NONRES BLDG + ENGINEERING 42.440 35.700 30.766 41.813 39.544 36.302 35.449 34.835 34.288 257.667 258.839
month-over-month % change 4.8% -15.9% -13.8% 7.2% -5.4% -8.2% 0.7% -1.7% -1.6%    
year-over-year % change 7.1% -17.1% -17.6% 4.0% -7.0% -9.3% 5.0% 1.8% -0.5% 23.2% 0.5%

Data Source and Table: ConstructConnect.

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

Jan-JUL 2016 Jan-JUL 2017 % Change
Connecticut $1,872,279,335 $3,617,923,474 93.2%
Maine $718,661,235 $709,588,670 -1.3%
Massachusetts $6,249,654,537 $5,968,843,084 -4.5%
New Hampshire $914,185,488 $684,334,064 -25.1%
Rhode Island $452,661,779 $662,987,695 46.5%
Vermont $542,965,652 $440,211,712 -18.9%
Total New England $10,750,408,026   $12,083,888,699   12.4%
New Jersey $6,806,290,053 $6,499,451,632 -4.5%
New York $14,711,156,982 $20,668,687,199 40.5%
Pennsylvania $8,612,909,418 $9,249,568,116 7.4%
Total Middle Atlantic $30,130,356,453   $36,417,706,947   20.9%
TOTAL NORTHEAST $40,880,764,479   $48,501,595,646   18.6%
Illinois $7,714,029,487 $8,742,528,726 13.3%
Indiana $3,963,314,331 $4,133,764,756 4.3%
Michigan $6,211,977,579 $6,704,170,913 7.9%
Ohio $7,733,592,017 $7,625,470,044 -1.4%
Wisconsin $5,317,727,996 $5,663,574,241 6.5%
Total East North Central $30,940,641,410   $32,869,508,680   6.2%
Iowa $3,377,473,985 $3,019,555,805 -10.6%
Kansas $2,525,630,161 $1,826,002,485 -27.7%
Minnesota $5,318,558,492 $5,084,287,189 -4.4%
Missouri $4,874,499,027 $4,529,964,177 -7.1%
Nebraska $1,951,011,316 $2,362,297,738 21.1%
North Dakota $1,595,650,788 $1,132,122,419 -29.0%
South Dakota $970,305,098 $964,863,467 -0.6%
Total West North Central $20,613,128,867   $18,919,093,280   -8.2%
TOTAL MIDWEST $51,553,770,277   $51,788,601,960   0.5%
Delaware $656,602,958 $960,451,078 46.3%
District of Columbia $1,559,821,860 $1,641,424,454 5.2%
Florida $13,989,125,892 $17,880,150,817 27.8%
Georgia $8,273,472,063 $6,781,997,267 -18.0%
Maryland $7,067,160,522 $3,838,156,630 -45.7%
North Carolina $8,783,109,508 $7,365,061,617 -16.1%
South Carolina $4,045,631,823 $4,859,011,877 20.1%
Virginia $6,147,778,004 $6,684,075,381 8.7%
West Virginia $575,382,941 $704,442,784 22.4%
Total South Atlantic $51,098,085,571   $50,714,771,905   -0.8%
Alabama $2,852,647,510 $2,842,778,016 -0.3%
Kentucky $4,506,656,151 $2,141,130,480 -52.5%
Mississippi $1,831,332,492 $1,490,268,402 -18.6%
Tennessee $5,135,301,620 $3,556,874,618 -30.7%
Total East South Central $14,325,937,773   $10,031,051,516   -30.0%
Arkansas $1,579,591,069 $1,604,134,076 1.6%
Louisiana $5,565,394,291 $3,716,095,336 -33.2%
Oklahoma $3,091,218,243 $3,979,313,477 28.7%
Texas $32,346,761,816 $27,440,339,113 -15.2%
Total West South Central $42,582,965,419   $36,739,882,002   -13.7%
TOTAL SOUTH $108,006,988,763   $97,485,705,423   -9.7%
Arizona $4,239,899,967 $3,994,068,598 -5.8%
Colorado $4,183,594,922 $3,993,594,780 -4.5%
Idaho $935,648,801 $860,407,662 -8.0%
Montana $762,561,475 $640,785,527 -16.0%
Nevada $2,808,324,616 $1,960,241,200 -30.2%
New Mexico $937,167,412 $1,217,627,732 29.9%
Utah $3,867,262,997 $3,746,289,627 -3.1%
Wyoming $1,075,515,694 $715,033,475 -33.5%
Total Mountain $18,809,975,884   $17,128,048,601   -8.9%
Alaska $1,063,259,843 $1,224,415,382 15.2%
California $25,395,092,214 $31,409,789,856 23.7%
Hawaii $1,993,331,851 $1,061,330,937 -46.8%
Oregon $3,455,929,213 $3,755,731,069 8.7%
Washington $6,507,844,869 $6,483,529,741 -0.4%
Total Pacific $38,415,457,990   $43,934,796,985   14.4%
TOTAL WEST $57,225,433,874   $61,062,845,586   6.7%
TOTAL U.S. $257,666,957,393   $258,838,748,615   0.5%

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

Data Source and Table: ConstructConnect.