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By: Alex Carrick on December 14th, 2017

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Mega Project Drop Undercuts ConstructConnect's November Starts; YTD Still Strong

Industry Snapshot

ConstructConnect announced today that November’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential activity, was $25.8 billion. The month-to-month change versus October was -27.8%. Compared with November of 2016, though, this year’s latest month was about even, -0.7%.

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The latest month’s starts included three mega projects of more than a billion dollars each totaling $4.3 billion. But that $4.3 billion still fell far short of the volume of mega project initiations that occurred in September and October. There were four projects in those two earlier months – a pipeline; an airline terminal; and two petrochemical plants − that combined for $23 billion.

November 2017’s starts relative to November’s average value in the previous-five-years, 2012 through 2016, was -0.5%. On the plus side, year-to-date starts have stayed upbeat. For January-November of this year, they have been +11.5% compared with the first eleven months of 2016.

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 October report was 58%; the latter’s was 42%.

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

The total number of jobs in construction rose by +24,000 in November according to the latest Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The average monthly increase in ‘hard hat’ employment so far this year has been +16,000, a nice advance from 2016’s January-to-November figure of +13,000. Construction’s unemployment rate now sits at 5.0%. A year ago, it was 5.7%. The year-over-year performance of jobs in construction is presently +2.7%. Within subsectors, positions with residential specialty trade contractors are especially buyant, +3.6% year over year. Total employment in the U.S. economy is +1.4% year over year.

There have also been healthy year-over-year increases in employment in some other corners of the economy with close ties to construction. Staffing with real estate firms is +2.0% and with building material and garden supply stores, +2.2%. Most significant, however, is architectural and engineering services employment, +3.5%. Design work is a leading indicator for on-site activity since a set of assembly instructions must be compiled before construction can proceed.

November’s month-to-month (m/m) decline in overall starts (-27.8%) resulted from a big drop in the industrial type-of-structure category (-97.1% -i.e., there was no replacement for October’s outsized Shell petrochemical plant in Pennsylvania), with substantial declines in commercial (-29.1%) and institutional (-25.0%) as well. Heavy engineering, however, moved higher (+18.1%).

The flat (-0.7%) record of total nonresidential starts in November 2017 versus November 2016 (y/y) was due to declines in the industrial (-76.8%), commercial (-25.2%) and institutional (-18.0%) subuscategories being almost exactly offset by a surge in heavy engineering (+63.2%).

Year-to-date (ytd) total nonresidential starts, though, have stayed on the positive side of the ledger. Their climb (+11.5%) has been thanks to uplift from industrial (+80.5%) and engineering (+29.9%), while institutional has been tepid (+1.6%) and commercial has retreated (-3.9%).

Disaggregating type-of-structure categories further, ‘road/highway’ work has accounted for the largest share (37%) of engineering/civil so far this year. In November, ‘street starts’ were -17.0% m/m; a neutral +0.5% y/y; but +11.3% ytd. The second largest slice (21%) of civil belongs to ‘water/sewage’ and in the latest month, they were: -17.4% m/m; but +7.0% y/y; and +9.7% ytd.

‘Miscellaneous civil (power, etc.)’ (17% of total engineering) had a strong November: +233.7% m/m; +377.4% y/y; and +99.7% ytd. Two outsized projects in electric power generation and one ultra-large project in the energy sphere are highlighted in the Top 10 listing.

‘Airports’ (-71.8% m/m; -15.4% y/y; but +98.5% ytd) and ‘bridges’ (+16.6% m/m; +33.6% y/y; and +41.4% ytd) have also made important contributions to engineering starts to-date this year.

Within institutional, ‘schools/colleges’ (with a 54% share so far this year) have been preeminent. Groundbreakings on educational facilities in November were: -28.8% m/m; -16.3% y/y; and -1.6% ytd. Delving deeper, ‘college/university’ starts have been -11.3% ytd, but ‘junior/senior high school’ starts have been +12.9% ytd. ‘Hospitals/clinics’ form the second biggest slice of institutional (14%) and in the latest month they were uniformly weak: -17.9% m/m; -51.7% y/y; and -21.6% ytd. ‘Nursing/assisted living’ recovered some of that lost ground: -5.6% m/m; but +2.8% y/y; and +13.9% ytd. Two other micro-categories warrant special mention. In November, starts on ‘courthouses’ were +98.2% ytd and on ‘prisons’, +60.2% ytd.

‘Private offices’ (with a 20% share) have almost tied ‘hotels/motels’ (a 21% share) for first-place dominance among commercial subcategories. In the latest month, the former was: +111.8% m/m; +39.1% y/y; and +1.2% ytd. The latter was -30.9% m/m; and -12.0% y/y; but a bullish +36.9% ytd. Another match within commercial has been ‘retail/shopping’ and ‘warehouses’, each with a 14% share. They’ve been moving in opposite directions ytd, with ‘warehouses’ +28.5% and stores, -48.3%. ‘Sports/convention center’ starts ytd have been +73.2%.

The six graphs show 12-month moving average trend lines for major type-of-structure categories. Over the past year (and sometimes more), ‘private offices’ and ‘hospitals’ have been easing, ‘retail’ has been plummeting, and ‘bridges’ and ‘miscellaneous civil’ have been soaring.

The degree of restraint in year-over-year wage gains in the U.S. continues to be a surprise given that the nation’s total labor force unemployment rate of 4.1% is at a seventeen-year low. As recorded in Table B-3 of November’s Employment Situation report, average hourly and average weekly earnings for all workers, including supervisory personnel, were +2.5% y/y and +3.1% y/y respectively. For construction specifically, both the hourly and weekly jumps were +2.9% y/y.

Table B-8 of the BLS’ report is only for production and nonsupervisory employees (i.e., it leaves out bosses). B-8 shows November’s economy-wide earnings at +2.3% y/y hourly and +2.6% y/y weekly. Construction has been doing better hourly, +2.7%, but worse weekly, +2.2%.

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 rebid, the ‘start’ date is revised to reflect the new information.

Click here to download the Construction Industry Snapshot Package - November 2017 PDF.

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

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

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

% Change % Change % Change
Jan-NOV 17 Jan-NOV 17 vs NOV 17 vs NOV 17 vs
($ billions) Jan-NOV 16 NOV 16 OCT 17
           
Hotel/Motel 25.808 36.9% -12.0% -30.9%
Retail 17.408 -48.3% -32.9% -46.2%
Parking Garage 2.700 -37.7% -73.8% -76.2%
Amusement 6.542 9.0% -52.3% -24.9%
Private Office 24.432 1.2% 39.1% 111.8%
Government Office 9.898 -15.4% -4.7% -19.0%
Laboratory 2.408 -36.1% -3.3% 8.0%
Warehouse 17.660 28.5% -27.9% -23.9%
Miscellaneous Commercial 16.455 36.5% -65.2% -70.7%
COMMERCIAL 123.312 -3.9% -25.2% -29.1%
   
INDUSTRIAL (Manufacturing) 33.665 80.5% -76.8% -97.1%
   
Religious 1.962 23.7% -24.5%   -38.0%
Hospital/Clinic 16.162 -21.6% -51.7%   -17.9%
Nursing/Assisted Living 10.145 13.9% 2.8%   -5.6%
Library/Museum 3.131 15.2% 52.3%   -33.2%
Police/Courthouse/Prison 7.806 41.0% -13.8%   -45.5%
Military 4.763 4.3% -6.7%   -20.6%
School/College 63.830 -1.6% -16.3%   -28.8%
Miscellaneous Government 9.859 39.0% 2.3%   -16.6%
INSTITUTIONAL 117.658 1.6% -18.0%   -25.0%
     
Miscellaneous Nonresidential 6.957 -13.3% -28.7%   -10.1%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 281.591 4.0% -24.5%   -45.0%
     
Airport 12.344 98.5% -15.4%   -71.8%
Road/Highway 52.834 11.3% 0.5%   -17.0%
Bridge 18.748 41.4% 33.6%   16.6%
Dam/Marine 4.388 28.6% 41.4%   -25.3%
Water/Sewage 30.362 9.7% 7.0%   -17.4%
Miscellaneous Civil 24.579 99.7% 377.4%   233.7%
HEAVY ENGINEERING 143.254 29.9% 63.2%   18.1%
     
TOTAL NONRESIDENTIAL 424.846 11.5% -0.7% -27.8%

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

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

  % Change     % Change % Change
Jan-Nov 17 Jan-Nov 17 vs     Nov 17 vs Nov 17 vs
($ billions) Jan-Nov 16     Nov 16 Oct 17
           
Summary      
CIVIL 143.254 29.9%     63.2% 18.1%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 281.591 4.0%     -24.5% -45.0%
RESIDENTIAL   288.709 13.6%     1.1% -17.7%
GRAND TOTAL   713.555 12.3%     0.1% -23.5%
 
Verticals  
Airport 12.344 98.5%     -15.4% -71.8%
All Other Civil 14.752 36.5%     112.1% 26.8%
Bridges 18.748 41.4%     33.6% 16.6%
Dams / Canals / Marine Work 4.388 28.6%     41.4% -25.3%
Power Infrastructure 9.827 555.3%     1367.0% 2688.0%
Roads 52.834 11.3%     0.5% -17.0%
    Water and Sewage Treatment 30.362 9.7%     7.0% -17.4%
CIVIL     143.254 29.9%     63.2% 18.1%
Offices (private) 24.432 1.2%     39.1% 111.8%
Parking Garages 2.700 -37.7%     -73.8% -76.2%
  Transportation Terminals 3.341 -25.5%     125.8% -37.5%
Commercial (small subset) 30.473 -7.6%     16.2% 29.6%
Amusement 6.542 9.0%     -52.3% -24.9%
Libraries / Museums 3.131 15.2%     52.3% -33.2%
Religious 1.962 23.7%     -24.5% -38.0%
  Sports Arenas / Convention Centers 13.114 73.2%     -74.5% -76.2%
Community 24.749 38.4%     -60.8% -60.7%
College / University 20.225 -11.3%     -32.2% -32.8%
Elementary / Pre School 17.572 -7.7%     -25.5% -22.1%
Jr / Sr High School 24.388 12.9%     5.3% -27.0%
  Special / Vocational 1.645 17.8%     84.2% -47.0%
Educational 63.830 -1.6%     -16.3% -28.8%
Courthouses 2.400 98.2%     -62.5% -57.9%
Fire and Police Stations 2.605 1.1%     9.9% -32.9%
Government Offices 9.898 -15.4%     -4.7% -19.0%
  Prisons 2.801 60.2%     -7.1% -51.9%
Government 17.704 2.7%     -8.2% -31.3%
Industrial Labs / Labs / School Labs 2.408 -36.1%     -3.3% 8.0%
Manufacturing 33.665 80.5%     -76.8% -97.1%
  Warehouses 17.660 28.5%     -27.9% -23.9%
Industrial 53.734 48.6%     -43.6% -83.8%
Hospitals / Clinics 16.162 -21.6%     -51.7% -17.9%
Medical Misc. 9.859 39.0%     2.3% -16.6%
  Nursing Homes 10.145 13.9%     2.8% -5.6%
Medical   36.166 -1.2%     -25.0% -13.1%
Military   4.763 4.3%     -6.7% -20.6%
Hotels 25.808 36.9%     -12.0% -30.9%
Retail Misc. 6.957 -13.3%     -28.7% -10.1%
    Shopping 17.408 -48.3%     -32.9% -46.2%
  Retail   50.173 -17.1%     -22.6% -34.2%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 281.591 4.0%     -24.5% -45.0%
Multi-Family 101.872 27.2%     -9.7% -29.4%
    Single-Family 186.837 7.4%     6.3% -11.7%
RESIDENTIAL   288.709 13.6%     1.1% -17.7%
NONRESIDENTIAL 424.846 11.5%     -0.7% -27.8%
GRAND TOTAL   713.555 12.3%     0.1% -23.5%

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 on-line product ‘Insight’.

Source: ConstructConnect.
Table: ConstructConnect.

TABLE 3: VALUE OF UNITED STATES
NATIONAL
CONSTRUCTION STARTS – NOVEMBER 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-NOV JAN-NOV
SEP 17 OCT 17 NOV 17 SEP 17 OCT 17 NOV 17 SEP 17 OCT 17 NOV 17 2016 2017
Single Family 16.574 17.600 15.549 17.876 17.488 16.574 16.565 16.558 16.635 173.979 186.837
month-over-month % change -9.4% 6.2% -11.7% -5.9% -2.2% -5.2% 0.4% 0.0% 0.5%    
year-over-year % change 4.7% -0.5% 6.3% 10.6% 6.8% 3.3% 9.2% 7.1% 7.2% 8.1% 7.4%
Apartment 7.240 9.116 6.436 8.255 8.558 7.597 9.055 9.117 9.060 80.078 101.872
month-over-month % change -22.3% 25.9% -29.4% -19.0% 3.7% -11.2% 1.6% 0.7% -0.6%    
year-over-year % change 31.0% 8.9% -9.7% 22.6% 25.2% 8.4% 26.2% 23.6% 23.6% 38.2% 27.2%
TOTAL RESIDENTIAL 23.814 26.716 21.985 26.131 26.046 24.172 25.620 25.675 25.694 254.057 288.709
month-over-month % change -13.7% 12.2% -17.7% -10.4% -0.3% -7.2% 0.8% 0.2% 0.1%    
year-over-year % change 11.5% 2.5% 1.1% 14.1% 12.2% 4.8% 14.7% 12.4% 12.4% 16.1% 13.6%
Hotel/Motel 2.151 2.126 1.468 1.881 2.089 1.915 2.283 2.283 2.267 18.847 25.808
month-over-month % change 8.2% -1.2% -30.9% -3.5% 11.0% -8.3% 0.8% 0.0% -0.7%    
year-over-year % change 12.0% 0.4% -12.0% -2.6% 16.2% 0.7% 30.1% 33.8% 31.6% 43.9% 36.9%
Retail 1.348 1.627 0.876 1.481 1.549 1.284 1.668 1.625 1.589 33.651 17.408
month-over-month % change -19.5% 20.7% -46.2% -11.7% 4.6% -17.2% -3.1% -2.6% -2.2%    
year-over-year % change -32.0% -24.2% -32.9% -44.2% -43.4% -29.2% -46.1% -47.1% -46.8% 52.4% -48.3%
Parking Garages 0.177 0.434 0.103 0.139 0.257 0.238 0.252 0.267 0.243 4.335 2.700
month-over-month % change 10.9% 144.9% -76.2% 30.2% 84.4% -7.4% -6.3% 6.1% -9.1%    
year-over-year % change -53.4% 73.6% -73.8% -61.9% -2.3% -30.2% -27.3% -24.7% -34.7% 38.7% -37.7%
Amusement 0.575 0.452 0.340 0.686 0.516 0.455 0.638 0.615 0.584 6.002 6.542
month-over-month % change 10.3% -21.3% -24.9% -6.6% -24.8% -11.7% 3.1% -3.6% -5.1%    
year-over-year % change 66.6% -37.9% -52.3% 36.6% -0.4% -23.5% 7.4% -0.2% -8.1% -46.3% 9.0%
Office 1.710 0.781 1.654 1.525 1.223 1.382 2.266 2.156 2.195 24.149 24.432
month-over-month % change 45.3% -54.3% 111.8% -16.2% -19.8% 13.0% -1.7% -4.9% 1.8%    
year-over-year % change -21.9% -62.9% 39.1% -21.4% -42.9% -24.4% 2.6% -3.1% -1.1% 42.9% 1.2%
Governmental Offices 0.668 0.823 0.667 0.958 0.777 0.719 0.949 0.944 0.941 11.702 9.898
month-over-month % change -20.4% 23.1% -19.0% -15.8% -18.9% -7.4% -0.1% -0.5% -0.3%    
year-over-year % change -2.4% -5.9% -4.7% -23.1% -22.3% -4.5% -5.8% -7.0% -8.1% 17.9% -15.4%
Laboratories 0.074 0.154 0.166 0.105 0.097 0.131 0.207 0.214 0.213 3.767 2.408
month-over-month % change 16.4% 107.0% 8.0% -58.1% -6.9% 35.0% -2.0% 3.1% -0.2%    
year-over-year % change -40.8% 100.9% -3.3% -3.1% -8.1% 5.5% -34.6% -31.9% -34.3% 71.0% -36.1%
Warehouse 1.437 1.268 0.965 1.822 1.570 1.223 1.636 1.590 1.559 13.743 17.660
month-over-month % change -28.3% -11.8% -23.9% 4.1% -13.9% -22.1% 1.2% -2.8% -2.0%    
year-over-year % change 19.6% -30.5% -27.9% 36.2% -2.3% -15.9% 23.4% 19.4% 26.5% -3.1% 28.5%
Misc Commercial 0.624 1.929 0.565 0.555 1.033 1.039 1.397 1.507 1.419 12.056 16.455
month-over-month % change 14.2% 209.0% -70.7% -29.5% 86.2% 0.6% -0.5% 7.8% -5.8%    
year-over-year % change -11.3% 214.8% -65.2% -18.1% 64.7% 6.2% 15.9% 31.8% 16.4% -12.5% 36.5%
TOTAL COMMERCIAL 8.765 9.593 6.804 9.152 9.111 8.387 11.296 11.201 11.009 128.251 123.312
month-over-month % change -2.3% 9.5% -29.1% -10.4% -0.5% -7.9% -0.6% -0.8% -1.7%    
year-over-year % change -8.1% -10.6% -25.2% -14.9% -15.6% -14.3% -4.7% -4.9% -6.2% 20.5% -3.9%
TOTAL INDUSTRIAL (Manufacturing) 10.629 6.780 0.194 4.587 6.518 5.868 2.481 2.988 2.935 18.653 33.665
month-over-month % change 395.7% -36.2% -97.1% 199.7% 42.1% -10.0% 48.5% 20.4% -1.8%    
year-over-year % change 1067.2% 879.2% -76.8% 335.0% 528.5% 620.7% 49.7% 81.3% 75.9% 36.4% 80.5%
Religious 0.111 0.169 0.105 0.155 0.143 0.128 0.180 0.179 0.176 1.586 1.962
month-over-month % change -26.4% 53.1% -38.0% -29.1% -7.8% -10.5% -1.4% -0.3% -1.6%    
year-over-year % change -22.1% -3.5% -24.5% 21.1% 0.2% -15.7% 26.6% 25.3% 21.4% 2.9% 23.7%
Hosptials/Clinics 0.739 0.931 0.764 1.099 0.870 0.811 1.532 1.484 1.416 20.604 16.162
month-over-month % change -21.5% 26.0% -17.9% -14.7% -20.8% -6.8% -8.5% -3.2% -4.6%    
year-over-year % change -69.7% -38.5% -51.7% -41.9% -46.3% -56.0% -18.2% -21.1% -22.8% 58.5% -21.6%
Nursing/Assisted Living 0.828 0.966 0.911 0.893 0.900 0.902 0.918 0.912 0.914 8.910 10.145
month-over-month % change -8.7% 16.6% -5.6% -13.8% 0.7% 0.2% 1.9% -0.6% 0.2%    
year-over-year % change 33.0% -6.9% 2.8% 26.2% 12.8% 6.2% 27.9% 20.1% 15.4% 75.6% 13.9%
Libraries/Museums 0.332 0.205 0.137 0.358 0.292 0.225 0.299 0.298 0.302 2.717 3.131
month-over-month % change -1.8% -38.2% -33.2% -4.0% -18.5% -22.9% 2.4% -0.2% 1.3%    
year-over-year % change 34.0% -4.0% 52.3% 89.7% 43.4% 22.2% 10.2% 16.9% 22.4% -1.5% 15.2%
Police/Courthouse/Prison 0.649 0.714 0.389 0.606 0.692 0.584 0.694 0.694 0.689 5.535 7.806
month-over-month % change -9.1% 10.0% -45.5% 3.5% 14.3% -15.6% 3.8% 0.0% -0.7%    
year-over-year % change 88.1% 0.0% -13.8% 26.0% 32.6% 16.0% 44.1% 36.3% 39.6% -2.7% 41.0%
Military 0.705 0.780 0.619 0.488 0.588 0.701 0.396 0.410 0.406 4.567 4.763
month-over-month % change 152.3% 10.6% -20.6% 22.8% 20.6% 19.3% 0.9% 3.5% -0.9%    
year-over-year % change 6.3% 27.4% -6.7% -16.1% 8.4% 8.5% -12.3% -1.1% -2.0% -15.5% 4.3%
Schools/Colleges 4.219 4.518 3.218 5.047 4.527 3.985 5.939 5.810 5.758 64.849 63.830
month-over-month % change -12.9% 7.1% -28.8% -25.4% -10.3% -12.0% 0.7% -2.2% -0.9%    
year-over-year % change 12.5% -25.6% -16.3% -4.2% -11.4% -12.5% 4.5% -0.3% -0.4% 14.8% -1.6%
Misc Government 0.821 0.788 0.657 0.932 0.974 0.755 0.897 0.881 0.882 7.092 9.859
month-over-month % change -37.6% -4.0% -16.6% -5.6% 4.5% -22.5% 0.4% -1.8% 0.1%    
year-over-year % change 5.3% -19.9% 2.3% 26.5% 15.4% -5.8% 65.7% 47.4% 40.2% 106.2% 39.0%
TOTAL INSTITUTIONAL 8.403 9.071 6.801 9.579 8.987 8.092 10.856 10.668 10.543 115.860 117.658
month-over-month % change -11.4% 8.0% -25.0% -17.8% -6.2% -10.0% -0.4% -1.7% -1.2%    
year-over-year % change -6.5% -19.9% -18.0% -4.1% -8.1% -15.1% 6.8% 2.7% 2.0% 24.0% 1.6%
Misc Nonresidential 0.726 0.525 0.472 0.692 0.639 0.574 0.667 0.648 0.632 8.023 6.957
month-over-month % change 9.3% -27.7% -10.1% 2.2% -7.8% -10.0% -0.8% -2.9% -2.4%    
year-over-year % change -7.9% -30.3% -28.7% -15.4% -17.2% -21.8% -1.2% -7.2% -11.7% 85.9% -13.3%
TOTAL NONRES BUILDING 28.523 25.969 14.272 24.010 25.254 22.921 25.300 25.505 25.119 270.787 281.591
month-over-month % change 34.1% -9.0% -45.0% -0.2% 5.2% -9.2% 2.8% 0.8% -1.5%    
year-over-year % change 41.0% 10.5% -24.5% 6.2% 12.8% 9.8% 3.9% 4.1% 2.7% 24.3% 4.0%
Airports 4.448 1.145 0.323 1.992 2.157 1.972 1.053 1.070 1.065 6.219 12.344
month-over-month % change 406.2% -74.3% -71.8% 205.6% 8.3% -8.6% 44.7% 1.7% -0.5%    
year-over-year % change 713.1% 22.5% -15.4% 92.3% 95.9% 217.4% 107.9% 107.7% 102.3% 41.1% 98.5%
Roads/Highways 3.790 3.323 2.759 4.700 3.877 3.291 4.709 4.707 4.708 47.457 52.834
month-over-month % change -16.1% -12.3% -17.0% -12.2% -17.5% -15.1% -1.3% -0.1% 0.0%    
year-over-year % change -16.6% -1.1% 0.5% -2.7% -10.6% -7.3% 8.3% 8.7% 10.7% -1.2% 11.3%
Bridges 1.254 0.970 1.132 1.592 1.322 1.119 1.640 1.643 1.666 13.257 18.748
month-over-month % change -27.9% -22.7% 16.6% -3.2% -17.0% -15.4% 2.1% 0.2% 1.4%    
year-over-year % change 46.9% 3.8% 33.6% 8.8% 43.6% 27.3% 29.4% 28.8% 34.9% 15.1% 41.4%
Dams/Marine 0.266 0.571 0.426 0.418 0.390 0.421 0.366 0.383 0.393 3.411 4.388
month-over-month % change -20.1% 114.6% -25.3% 3.2% -6.8% 8.0% 1.2% 4.5% 2.7%    
year-over-year % change 25.2% 52.7% 41.4% 33.9% 26.7% 42.3% 0.2% 16.9% 26.2% -42.6% 28.6%
Water/Sewage 2.107 2.229 1.840 2.325 2.318 2.059 2.760 2.753 2.763 27.669 30.362
month-over-month % change -19.5% 5.8% -17.4% -9.9% -0.3% -11.2% -0.8% -0.3% 0.4%    
year-over-year % change -11.0% -3.7% 7.0% -16.0% -8.3% -3.5% 7.3% 8.1% 10.8% 4.2% 9.7%
Misc Civil 3.999 1.507 5.027 2.862 2.905 3.511 1.748 1.789 2.120 12.308 24.579
month-over-month % change 24.7% -62.3% 233.7% 51.4% 1.5% 20.9% 16.1% 2.4% 18.5%    
year-over-year % change 267.7% 49.0% 377.4% 159.9% 215.6% 234.2% 39.1% 49.3% 80.7% -33.4% 99.7%
TOTAL ENGINEERING 15.866 9.744 11.507 13.890 12.969 12.372 12.276 12.344 12.716 110.322 143.254
month-over-month % change 19.3% -38.6% 18.1% 10.9% -6.6% -4.6% 4.4% 0.6% 3.0%    
year-over-year % change 65.0% 9.2% 63.2% 20.7% 28.3% 45.0% 19.0% 21.1% 27.2% -4.0% 29.9%
GRAND TOTAL 68.203 62.430 47.764 64.032 64.269 59.465 63.196 63.524 63.529 635.166 713.555
month-over-month % change 9.7% -8.5% -23.5% -2.6% 0.4% -7.5% 2.3% 0.5% 0.0%    
year-over-year % change 33.2% 6.7% 0.1% 12.3% 15.4% 13.3% 10.9% 10.4% 10.9% 15.1% 12.3%
NONRES BLDG + ENGINEERING 44.389 35.713 25.779 37.900 38.223 35.294 37.576 37.849 37.835 381.109 424.846
month-over-month % change 28.4% -19.5% -27.8% 3.6% 0.9% -7.7% 3.3% 0.7% 0.0%    
year-over-year % change 48.8% 10.1% -0.7% 11.0% 17.6% 20.0% 8.4% 9.1% 9.8% 14.5% 11.5%

Data Source and Table: ConstructConnect.

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

Jan-NOV 2016 Jan-NOV 2017 % Change
Connecticut $2,901,072,581 $4,849,718,900 67.2%
Maine $985,022,174 $1,380,021,351 40.1%
Massachusetts $8,772,766,815 $9,106,326,813 3.8%
New Hampshire $1,481,750,300 $1,058,630,810 -28.6%
Rhode Island $699,191,901 $1,132,286,637 61.9%
Vermont $780,001,152 $663,799,332 -14.9%
Total New England $15,619,804,923   $18,190,783,843   16.5%
New Jersey $8,765,493,284 $8,912,948,536 1.7%
New York $22,095,550,469 $32,717,116,417 48.1%
Pennsylvania $12,678,049,567 $21,620,045,300 70.5%
Total Middle Atlantic $43,539,093,320   $63,250,110,253   45.3%
TOTAL NORTHEAST $59,158,898,243   $81,440,894,096   37.7%
Illinois $12,472,078,106 $12,001,797,259 -3.8%
Indiana $7,206,060,799 $6,102,686,050 -15.3%
Michigan $9,583,412,345 $14,675,809,737 53.1%
Ohio $11,988,945,897 $13,423,134,757 12.0%
Wisconsin $7,238,624,010 $8,829,622,697 22.0%
Total East North Central $48,489,121,157   $55,033,050,500   13.5%
Iowa $4,967,083,999 $5,036,957,385 1.4%
Kansas $3,642,121,100 $3,515,269,275 -3.5%
Minnesota $7,563,091,663 $8,098,048,910 7.1%
Missouri $7,067,159,018 $6,992,136,674 -1.1%
Nebraska $2,777,447,238 $3,117,196,702 12.2%
North Dakota $2,059,563,317 $1,658,859,569 -19.5%
South Dakota $1,327,540,398 $1,980,309,717 49.2%
Total West North Central $29,404,006,733   $30,398,778,232   3.4%
TOTAL MIDWEST $77,893,127,890   $85,431,828,732   9.7%
Delaware $907,506,686 $1,366,819,580 50.6%
District of Columbia $2,442,117,117 $2,085,430,312 -14.6%
Florida $23,348,725,731 $27,109,311,869 16.1%
Georgia $13,255,894,482 $11,335,599,910 -14.5%
Maryland $10,074,247,171 $6,393,822,897 -36.5%
North Carolina $13,156,099,167 $13,107,074,377 -0.4%
South Carolina $6,189,986,802 $7,032,870,612 13.6%
Virginia $10,067,044,053 $10,997,290,225 9.2%
West Virginia $1,081,570,167 $1,388,523,631 28.4%
Total South Atlantic $80,523,191,376   $80,816,743,413   0.4%
Alabama $4,726,503,053 $5,043,681,958 6.7%
Kentucky $6,361,468,008 $3,840,243,743 -39.6%
Mississippi $2,611,454,019 $2,222,478,438 -14.9%
Tennessee $7,307,284,941 $6,613,116,271 -9.5%
Total East South Central $21,006,710,021   $17,719,520,410   -15.6%
Arkansas $3,336,742,833 $2,650,265,140 -20.6%
Louisiana $6,865,341,310 $5,791,924,258 -15.6%
Oklahoma $4,844,714,194 $5,917,478,330 22.1%
Texas $47,208,799,640 $54,164,631,627 14.7%
Total West South Central $62,255,597,977   $68,524,299,355   10.1%
TOTAL SOUTH $163,785,499,374   $167,060,563,178   2.0%
Arizona $6,120,262,209 $5,716,519,427 -6.6%
Colorado $5,920,650,065 $8,006,643,282 35.2%
Idaho $1,411,059,957 $1,397,250,865 -1.0%
Montana $1,173,384,729 $1,061,269,091 -9.6%
Nevada $3,630,505,974 $2,740,197,634 -24.5%
New Mexico $1,897,090,527 $1,899,800,713 0.1%
Utah $5,011,872,267 $5,001,815,088 -0.2%
Wyoming $1,416,093,558 $979,449,241 -30.8%
Total Mountain $26,580,919,286   $26,802,945,341   0.8%
Alaska $1,409,459,419 $1,626,365,440 15.4%
California $35,462,649,613 $45,634,631,530 28.7%
Hawaii $2,556,186,051 $1,630,098,908 -36.2%
Oregon $4,684,113,983 $5,224,053,783 11.5%
Washington $9,578,300,061 $9,994,340,074 4.3%
Total Pacific $53,690,709,127   $64,109,489,735   19.4%
TOTAL WEST $80,271,628,413   $90,912,435,076   13.3%
TOTAL U.S. $381,109,153,920   $424,845,721,082   11.5%

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

Data Source and Table: ConstructConnect.