Thanks to Mega Projects, ConstructConnect’s October Year-to-Date Starts +10.2%

ConstructConnect announced today that October’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential activity, was $34.1 billion. The month-to-month change versus September was -23.3%. Compared with October of last year, though, this year’s latest month was +5.1%.

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The usual weather-related seasonality played no role in total starts during the latest two months. Instead, the totals for both September and October were driven by groundbreakings on ultra-large projects. September’s data included three mega projects, including a $10 billion petrochemical plant for Exxon Mobil in Texas. Appearing in October’s starts statistics was another petrochemical plant, but this time for Shell in Pennsylvania, valued at $6 billion.

Relative to the first ten months of 2016, year-to-date starts in 2017 have been +10.2%.

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

As reported in the latest Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the total number of U.S. construction jobs rose by +11,000 in October. This year’s monthly average gain in on-site work has been +15,000, a modest step up from 2016’s +12,000 for January-through-October. In the latest month, the ‘hard hat’ sector’s unemployment rate tightened to 4.5%, down a notch from September’s 4.7% and a significant improvement over October 2016’s 5.7%. The latest month’s 4.5% figure tied it with June of this year and July of last year for lowest construction jobless level in eleven years, dating back to October 2006 (also 4.5%).

U.S. construction’s year-over-year climb in employment, at +2.8%, is occurring at exactly twice the speed of the nation’s total jobs increase, +1.4%. Offering further encouragement for construction firms has been the hiring undertaken by ‘architectural and engineering’ enterprises. Design activity is an out-front predictor, since there can’t be field work without assembly instructions. Largely influenced by homebuilding and renovation efforts, jobs with ‘building material and garden equipment stores’ are +1.9%. And employment in ‘real estate’ is +2.3%.

October’s month-to-month (m/m) overall starts decrease (-23.3%) originated in the heavy engineering (-37.8%) and industrial (-36.9%) type-of-structure categories. Institutional (-3.2%) was down, but to a minor degree, and commercial (+0.1%) was flat. The large negative swings in industrial and civil were due to four mega projects. In industrial, September’s $10 billion petrochemical plant beat October’s $6 billion ethane cracker. In civil, September featured a pipeline and an airport terminal, for a combined $7 billion, that had no counterparts in October.

Turning to October 2017’s +5.1% versus October 2016 (y/y), thanks go to industrial (+869.5%) and heavy engineering (+10.6%), as institutional (-27.6%) and commercial (-18.4%) fell behind.

Year-to-date (ytd) total starts (+10.2%) have been led by industrial (+83.7%) and engineering (+27.7%), with institutional standing still (+0.4%) and commercial shuffling backwards (-5.5%).

Within the heavy engineering type-of-structure category, ‘road/highway’ work has been dominant so far in 2017 (i.e., with a 38% share). In October, street starts were -10.5% m/m, but +1.3% y/y and +12.0% ytd. Playing second fiddle in civil to date in 2017 has been ‘water/sewage’ (a 22% slice), which in October was -2.8% y/y, but +6.6% m/m and +10.7% ytd.

‘Bridge’ starts in the latest month had a rocky performance m/m (-21.4%), but they were okay y/y (+5.2%) and outstanding ytd (+42.2%). There was a similar, but more exaggerated pattern for ‘airport’ starts in October: -73.8% m/m; but +24.8% y/y; and +105.4% ytd.

‘Schools/colleges’ have accounted for more than half (55%) of institutional starts to date this year. In October, groundbreakings on education facilities were -29.0% y/y and -3.4% ytd, but +1.2% m/m. Runner-up ‘hospital/clinic’ initiations (with a 14% portion of institutional so far in 2017) were -43.7% y/y and -20.6% ytd, but +3.5% m/m in October.

The ‘hotel/motel’ and ‘private office’ subcategories have been almost equally important to commercial starts through October of this year (shares of 21% and 19% respectively). The former in the latest month was -7.5% m/m and -9.7% y/y, but +36.4% ytd. The latter was -58.3% m/m, -67.3% y/y and -4.8% ytd. ‘Retail/shopping’ and ‘warehouses’ have also carried equal weight within commercial (each accounting for a 14% share). Warehouse starts (-14.3% m/m; -41.9% y/y, but +25.7% ytd), however, have done better than store starts (-12.4% m/m; -33.7% y/y; and -50.3% ytd). Notice that ytd ‘bricks and mortar’ retail starts are down by half.

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 show 12-month moving average trend lines for major type-of-structure categories. In Graph 1, the ‘nonresidential building’ curve has straightened out despite ‘institutional’ and ‘commercial’ tailing off in Graph 2. A big spike in industrial starts (not shown separately in any of the graphs) has come to the rescue. Also, ‘heavy engineering’ has been trending upwards, aided by ‘airport’, ‘bridge’ and ‘miscellaneous civil’ (e.g., pipeline) starts, even as ‘roads/highways’ and ‘water/sewage’ have pulled back from not-so-long-ago peaks.

While there are many ‘anecdotal’ indications of rapidly rising wage rates in pockets of the U.S. economy, they are not being confirmed in the compensation tables (B-3 and B-8) of the BLS’ Employment Situation Report. Table B-3 records both average hourly and average weekly earnings for all workers (including supervisory personnel) throughout the economy to be +2.4% y/y. Construction workers, at +2.3% hourly and +1.7% weekly, aren’t doing as well. Excluding bosses, the all-industry increases are +2.3% hourly and +2.6% weekly. The percentage change for construction workers specifically is the same hourly, +2.3%, but weaker weekly, +1.8%.

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 – October 2017 PDF.

Click here for the Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. – October 2017.

Click here for the Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs – October 2017.

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

% Change % Change % Change
Jan-OCT 17 Jan-OCT 17 vs  OCT 17 vs OCT 17 vs
($ billions) Jan-OCT 16 OCT 16 SEP 17
           
Hotel/Motel 23.425 36.4% -9.7% -7.5%
Retail 16.090 -50.3% -33.7% -12.4%
Parking Garage 2.498 -36.6% 73.8% 141.6%
Amusement 6.080 14.9% -42.2% -26.5%
Private Office  21.847 -4.8% -67.3% -58.3%
Government Office 9.326 -15.2% -5.3% 15.7%
Laboratory 2.232 -37.9% 105.2% 104.7%
Warehouse 15.592 25.7% -41.9% -14.3%
Miscellaneous Commercial 15.498 48.5% 199.5% 192.4%
COMMERCIAL 112.587 -5.5% -18.4% 0.1%
     
INDUSTRIAL (Manufacturing) 32.715 83.7% 869.5% -36.9%
     
Religious 1.812 25.2% -8.5%   46.8%
Hospital/Clinic 15.104 -20.6% -43.7%   3.5%
Nursing/Assisted Living 8.817 9.9% -39.2%   -21.8%
Library/Museum 3.018 14.9% 1.3%   -34.8%
Police/Courthouse/Prison 7.148 40.6% -10.6%   -1.1%
Military 4.186 7.2% 34.3%   14.8%
School/College 58.915 -3.4% -29.0%   1.2%
Miscellaneous Government 8.988 39.4% -42.4%   -26.8%
INSTITUTIONAL 107.988 0.4% -27.6%   -3.2%
       
Miscellaneous Nonresidential 6.364 -13.5% -28.1%   -22.9%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 259.655 3.1% 3.0%   -15.2%
       
Airport 11.989 105.4% 24.8%   -73.8%
Road/Highway 50.057 12.0% 1.3%   -10.5%
Bridge 17.652 42.2% 5.2%   -21.4%
Dam/Marine 4.001 28.7% 60.0%   121.7%
Water/Sewage 28.729 10.7% -2.8%   6.6%
Miscellaneous Civil 19.409 72.4% 46.0%   -63.1%
HEAVY ENGINEERING 131.838 27.7% 10.6%   -37.8%
     
TOTAL NONRESIDENTIAL 391.493 10.2% 5.1% -23.3%

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

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

  % Change     % Change % Change
Jan-Oct 17 Jan-Oct 17 vs     Oct 17 vs Oct 17 vs
($ billions) Jan-Oct 16     Oct 16 Sep 17
           
Summary      
CIVIL 131.838 27.7%     10.6% -37.8%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 259.655 3.1%     3.0% -15.2%
RESIDENTIAL   265.917 14.5%     6.9% 16.0%
GRAND TOTAL   657.410 11.9%     5.9% -9.5%
 
Verticals  
Airport 11.989 105.4%     24.8% -73.8%
All Other Civil 13.011 30.4%     65.1% -64.4%
Bridges 17.652 42.2%     5.2% -21.4%
Dams / Canals / Marine Work 4.001 28.7%     60.0% 121.7%
Power Infrastructure 6.398 401.0%     -53.3% 13.8%
Roads 50.057 12.0%     1.3% -10.5%
    Water and Sewage Treatment 28.729 10.7%     -2.8% 6.6%
CIVIL     131.838 27.7%     10.6% -37.8%
Offices (private) 21.847 -4.8%     -67.3% -58.3%
Parking Garages 2.498 -36.6%     73.8% 141.6%
  Transportation Terminals 3.212 -27.2%     -12.5% 197.2%
Commercial (small subset) 27.556 -12.0%     -47.2% -26.0%
Amusement 6.080 14.9%     -42.2% -26.5%
Libraries / Museums 3.018 14.9%     1.3% -34.8%
Religious 1.812 25.2%     -8.5% 46.8%
  Sports Arenas / Convention Centers 12.286 103.9%     482.9% 191.4%
Community 23.196 50.7%     68.6% 51.2%
College / University 18.442 -13.4%     -53.5% -7.2%
Elementary / Pre School 16.236 -10.1%     -22.4% 8.5%
Jr / Sr High School 22.802 12.2%     10.6% 1.4%
  Special / Vocational 1.435 6.8%     9.8% 105.3%
Educational 58.915 -3.4%     -29.0% 1.2%
Courthouses 2.341 111.7%     -15.6% -33.1%
Fire and Police Stations 2.400 -0.5%     -42.4% -32.7%
Government Offices 9.326 -15.2%     -5.3% 15.7%
  Prisons 2.407 53.7%     79.6% 108.4%
Government 16.474 2.4%     -7.7% 7.7%
Industrial Labs / Labs / School Labs 2.232 -37.9%     105.2% 104.7%
Manufacturing 32.715 83.7%     869.5% -36.9%
  Warehouses 15.592 25.7%     -41.9% -14.3%
Industrial 50.539 49.5%     205.7% -33.6%
Hospitals / Clinics 15.104 -20.6%     -43.7% 3.5%
Medical Misc. 8.988 39.4%     -42.4% -26.8%
  Nursing Homes 8.817 9.9%     -39.2% -21.8%
Medical   32.909 -1.7%     -42.0% -14.8%
Military   4.186 7.2%     34.3% 14.8%
Hotels 23.425 36.4%     -9.7% -7.5%
Retail Misc. 6.364 -13.5%     -28.1% -22.9%
    Shopping 16.090 -50.3%     -33.7% -12.4%
  Retail   45.879 -19.3%     -22.7% -11.8%
NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING 259.655 3.1%     3.0% -15.2%
Multi-Family 91.469 25.4%     -5.7% 14.0%
    Single-Family 174.448 9.5%     12.9% 16.7%
RESIDENTIAL   265.917 14.5%     6.9% 16.0%
NONRESIDENTIAL 391.493 10.2%     5.1% -23.3%
GRAND TOTAL   657.410 11.9%     5.9% -9.5%

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 – OCTOBER 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-oct JAN-oct
aug 17 sep 17 oct 17 aug 17 sep 17 oct 17 aug 17 sep 17 oct 17 2016 2017
Single Family 18.550 17.102 19.963 19.146 18.160 18.538 16.525 16.631 16.821 159.353 174.448
   month-over-month % change -1.5% -7.8% 16.7% 0.5% -5.2% 2.1% 1.5% 0.6% 1.1%    
   year-over-year % change 18.8% 8.0% 12.9% 13.9% 12.3% 13.2% 9.1% 9.7% 8.8% 8.4% 9.5%
Apartment 8.895 6.925 7.897 9.858 7.914 7.906 8.710 8.826 8.787 72.952 91.469
   month-over-month % change 12.3% -22.2% 14.0% 3.0% -19.7% -0.1% 2.2% 1.3% -0.4%    
   year-over-year % change 34.5% 25.3% -5.7% 31.2% 17.5% 15.6% 23.2% 23.0% 19.1% 45.1% 25.4%
TOTAL RESIDENTIAL 27.446 24.026 27.860 29.004 26.073 26.444 25.235 25.457 25.608 232.305 265.917
   month-over-month % change 2.6% -12.5% 16.0% 1.4% -10.1% 1.4% 1.8% 0.9% 0.6%    
   year-over-year % change 23.5% 12.5% 6.9% 19.3% 13.9% 13.9% 13.6% 13.9% 12.2% 17.7% 14.5%
Hotel/Motel 1.940 2.066 1.911 1.925 1.831 1.972 2.212 2.224 2.207 17.178 23.425
   month-over-month % change 30.5% 6.5% -7.5% 0.5% -4.9% 7.7% 2.3% 0.5% -0.8%    
   year-over-year % change 43.4% 7.5% -9.7% 5.9% -5.2% 9.7% 31.3% 26.8% 29.4% 47.9% 36.4%
Retail 1.574 1.625 1.423 1.604 1.525 1.540 1.678 1.648 1.588 32.345 16.090
   month-over-month % change 14.2% 3.2% -12.4% 1.0% -4.9% 1.0% -11.1% -1.8% -3.7%    
   year-over-year % change -61.4% -18.1% -33.7% -62.1% -42.5% -43.7% -46.8% -46.8% -48.3% 63.5% -50.3%
Parking Garages 0.170 0.180 0.435 0.109 0.143 0.261 0.260 0.243 0.259 3.941 2.498
   month-over-month % change 110.7% 5.9% 141.6% -41.6% 32.0% 82.3% 0.3% -6.4% 6.3%    
   year-over-year % change 6.7% -52.7% 73.8% -72.4% -60.8% -0.7% -20.8% -29.7% -27.0% 34.1% -36.6%
Amusement 0.526 0.573 0.421 0.734 0.689 0.506 0.611 0.630 0.605 5.290 6.080
   month-over-month % change -45.8% 9.0% -26.5% -6.8% -6.1% -26.5% 0.6% 3.1% -4.1%    
   year-over-year % change 9.3% 66.1% -42.2% 32.6% 37.1% -2.2% 3.9% 6.1% -1.8% -50.6% 14.9%
Office 0.887 1.648 0.687 1.663 1.407 1.074 2.242 2.196 2.078 22.959 21.847
   month-over-month % change -47.4% 85.8% -58.3% -13.7% -15.4% -23.6% -4.4% -2.0% -5.4%    
   year-over-year % change -58.3% -24.8% -67.3% -27.7% -27.5% -49.8% 4.9% -0.5% -6.6% 46.8% -4.8%
Governmental Offices 0.851 0.716 0.828 1.144 0.985 0.799 0.953 0.956 0.952 11.002 9.326
   month-over-month % change -38.6% -15.9% 15.7% -0.7% -13.9% -18.9% -4.9% 0.3% -0.4%    
   year-over-year % change -40.8% 4.5% -5.3% -18.2% -20.9% -20.1% -6.0% -5.0% -6.3% 17.9% -15.2%
Laboratories 0.064 0.077 0.157 0.249 0.105 0.099 0.210 0.206 0.213 3.595 2.232
   month-over-month % change -63.6% 20.2% 104.7% -29.4% -57.8% -5.8% -2.0% -1.9% 3.3%    
   year-over-year % change -44.8% -38.9% 105.2% 108.0% -2.4% -6.3% -40.2% -35.0% -32.2% 66.5% -37.9%
Warehouse 1.856 1.237 1.061 1.649 1.671 1.385 1.558 1.561 1.498 12.404 15.592
   month-over-month % change -3.3% -33.3% -14.3% 9.7% 1.3% -17.1% 0.3% 0.2% -4.1%    
   year-over-year % change 3.6% 2.9% -41.9% 29.7% 24.9% -13.8% 13.1% 17.8% 12.5% 6.4% 25.7%
Misc Commercial 0.559 0.628 1.835 0.770 0.559 1.007 1.379 1.373 1.474 10.435 15.498
   month-over-month % change 13.8% 12.2% 192.4% -56.5% -27.4% 80.1% 0.0% -0.5% 7.4%    
   year-over-year % change -1.2% -10.8% 199.5% -6.5% -17.5% 60.5% 15.2% 13.8% 28.9% -20.1% 48.5%
TOTAL COMMERCIAL 8.427 8.749 8.758 9.848 8.916 8.644 11.104 11.039 10.874 119.150 112.587
   month-over-month % change -12.0% 3.8% 0.1% -12.0% -9.5% -3.0% -2.7% -0.6% -1.5%    
   year-over-year % change -30.4% -8.3% -18.4% -23.7% -17.1% -19.9% -6.2% -6.9% -7.7% 23.0% -5.5%
TOTAL INDUSTRIAL  (Manufacturing) 2.041 10.634 6.713 1.431 4.498 6.463 1.614 2.424 2.925 17.813 32.715
   month-over-month % change 149.2% 421.0% -36.9% 17.0% 214.4% 43.7% 2.8% 50.2% 20.7%    
   year-over-year % change 35.4% 1067.7% 869.5% 37.8% 326.6% 523.2% -4.8% 46.3% 77.5% 36.2% 83.7%
Religious 0.149 0.109 0.160 0.216 0.155 0.140 0.179 0.177 0.175 1.447 1.812
   month-over-month % change -27.5% -26.7% 46.8% -4.5% -28.4% -9.7% 1.8% -1.5% -0.7%    
   year-over-year % change 33.7% -23.0% -8.5% 59.2% 20.5% -2.3% 28.7% 24.4% 22.6% 1.3% 25.2%
Hosptials/Clinics 0.882 0.824 0.852 1.205 1.056 0.853 1.649 1.515 1.459 19.022 15.104
   month-over-month % change -39.6% -6.6% 3.5% -41.5% -12.4% -19.2% -0.1% -8.2% -3.6%    
   year-over-year % change -3.2% -66.2% -43.7% -42.9% -44.2% -47.4% -4.2% -19.1% -22.4% 75.1% -20.6%
Nursing/Assisted Living 0.905 0.807 0.631 1.057 0.907 0.781 0.896 0.911 0.877 8.023 8.817
   month-over-month % change -10.4% -10.8% -21.8% 1.3% -14.2% -13.9% 1.6% 1.7% -3.7%    
   year-over-year % change 23.3% 29.6% -39.2% 48.2% 28.1% -2.1% 24.2% 27.0% 15.6% 75.1% 9.9%
Libraries/Museums 0.361 0.332 0.216 0.377 0.362 0.303 0.293 0.300 0.300 2.627 3.018
   month-over-month % change -7.8% -8.1% -34.8% 19.9% -3.9% -16.2% 6.4% 2.4% 0.1%    
   year-over-year % change 142.7% 34.1% 1.3% 24.5% 91.8% 49.1% 0.5% 10.6% 17.7% 2.2% 14.9%
Police/Courthouse/Prison 0.576 0.646 0.639 0.542 0.559 0.620 0.653 0.678 0.672 5.084 7.148
   month-over-month % change 26.4% 12.1% -1.1% -3.6% 3.0% 10.9% 0.9% 3.8% -0.9%    
   year-over-year % change 13.5% 87.0% -10.6% -8.8% 16.3% 18.7% 32.4% 40.7% 31.9% 0.6% 40.6%
Military 0.279 0.716 0.822 0.409 0.503 0.606 0.391 0.396 0.413 3.904 4.186
   month-over-month % change -45.8% 156.6% 14.8% -21.9% 23.0% 20.3% -1.5% 1.1% 4.4%    
   year-over-year % change -20.9% 8.1% 34.3% -15.2% -13.4% 11.7% -14.0% -12.3% -0.3% -17.7% 7.2%
Schools/Colleges 4.740 4.261 4.312 6.641 5.029 4.438 5.772 5.815 5.668 61.006 58.915
   month-over-month % change -22.1% -10.1% 1.2% -16.2% -24.3% -11.8% -1.1% 0.7% -2.5%    
   year-over-year % change -13.8% 13.7% -29.0% -5.3% -4.5% -13.1% 1.1% 2.3% -2.7% 17.0% -3.4%
Misc Government 1.305 0.774 0.566 1.020 0.953 0.882 0.898 0.898 0.863 6.449 8.988
   month-over-month % change 67.1% -40.7% -26.8% 4.2% -6.6% -7.5% 5.2% -0.1% -3.9%    
   year-over-year % change 69.6% -0.8% -42.4% 50.0% 29.4% 4.4% 84.6% 65.9% 44.4% 103.3% 39.4%
TOTAL INSTITUTIONAL 9.198 8.469 8.200 11.468 9.525 8.622 10.732 10.689 10.429 107.562 107.988
   month-over-month % change -15.7% -7.9% -3.2% -15.9% -16.9% -9.5% 0.1% -0.4% -2.4%    
   year-over-year % change 1.8% -5.8% -27.6% -4.7% -4.6% -11.9% 7.1% 5.2% 0.4% 27.2% 0.4%
Misc Non Residential 0.657 0.703 0.542 0.663 0.677 0.634 0.663 0.656 0.638 7.361 6.364
   month-over-month % change -2.1% 7.0% -22.9% -13.3% 2.2% -6.4% -1.4% -1.1% -2.7%    
   year-over-year % change -14.9% -10.8% -28.1% -18.3% -17.2% -17.8% 4.0% -2.9% -8.6% 90.4% -13.5%
TOTAL NONRES BUILDING 20.323 28.555 24.212 23.410 23.617 24.364 24.113 24.807 24.866 251.887 259.655
   month-over-month % change -7.5% 40.5% -15.2% -12.7% 0.9% 3.2% -1.1% 2.9% 0.2%    
   year-over-year % change -13.3% 41.2% 3.0% -12.6% 4.4% 8.8% -0.3% 1.9% 1.5% 27.0% 3.1%
Airports 0.898 4.448 1.167 0.648 1.989 2.171 0.723 1.048 1.068 5.838 11.989
   month-over-month % change 44.4% 395.4% -73.8% 6.5% 206.8% 9.1% -9.6% 44.9% 1.8%    
   year-over-year % change -50.7% 712.9% 24.8% -34.8% 92.0% 97.1% 25.7% 107.0% 107.2% 40.2% 105.4%
Roads/Highways 4.555 3.801 3.404 5.358 4.709 3.920 4.763 4.701 4.705 44.710 50.057
   month-over-month % change -21.1% -16.6% -10.5% -16.6% -12.1% -16.7% -0.9% -1.3% 0.1%    
   year-over-year % change -10.7% -16.4% 1.3% 7.4% -2.5% -9.6% 10.5% 8.1% 8.7% 0.8% 12.0%
Bridges 1.744 1.251 0.984 1.653 1.599 1.326 1.608 1.641 1.646 12.410 17.652
   month-over-month % change -3.1% -28.3% -21.4% -7.6% -3.3% -17.0% 4.2% 2.1% 0.2%    
   year-over-year % change 79.2% 46.5% 5.2% 7.7% 9.2% 44.1% 26.8% 29.5% 29.0% 21.8% 42.2%
Dams/Marine 0.330 0.270 0.598 0.408 0.419 0.399 0.362 0.367 0.386 3.110 4.001
   month-over-month % change -50.0% -18.1% 121.7% -15.1% 2.7% -4.8% -0.2% 1.3% 5.1%    
   year-over-year % change -2.3% 27.0% 60.0% 4.4% 34.2% 29.7% -13.8% 0.5% 18.0% -42.9% 28.7%
Water/Sewage 2.710 2.110 2.248 2.625 2.374 2.356 2.797 2.776 2.771 25.950 28.729
   month-over-month % change 17.7% -22.1% 6.6% -3.3% -9.6% -0.8% -0.6% -0.8% -0.2%    
   year-over-year % change -6.5% -10.9% -2.8% -7.8% -14.2% -6.7% 8.5% 8.0% 8.7% 7.3% 10.7%
Misc Civil 3.098 4.005 1.476 1.856 2.830 2.859 1.495 1.738 1.777 11.255 19.409
   month-over-month % change 123.0% 29.3% -63.1% 66.2% 52.5% 1.0% 15.7% 16.3% 2.2%    
   year-over-year % change 367.4% 268.2% 46.0% 85.7% 157.0% 210.7% 9.3% 38.4% 48.3% -34.3% 72.4%
TOTAL ENGINEERING 13.335 15.885 9.877 12.549 13.921 13.032 11.750 12.272 12.352 103.272 131.838
   month-over-month % change 6.3% 19.1% -37.8% -4.5% 10.9% -6.4% 1.1% 4.4% 0.6%    
   year-over-year % change 13.1% 65.2% 10.6% 6.8% 20.9% 28.9% 11.7% 19.0% 21.2% -2.1% 27.7%
GRAND TOTAL 61.104 68.466 61.949 64.963 63.611 63.840 61.098 62.537 62.826 587.464 657.410
   month-over-month % change -0.3% 12.0% -9.5% -5.2% -2.1% 0.4% 0.5% 2.4% 0.5%    
   year-over-year % change 6.4% 33.7% 5.9% 3.3% 11.5% 14.6% 7.3% 9.7% 9.2% 17.2% 11.9%
NONRES BLDG + ENGINEERING 33.658 44.440 34.089 35.959 37.537 37.396 35.863 37.080 37.218 355.159 391.493
   month-over-month % change -2.5% 32.0% -23.3% -10.0% 4.4% -0.4% -0.4% 3.4% 0.4%    
   year-over-year % change -4.4% 48.9% 5.1% -6.7% 10.0% 15.1% 3.3% 7.0% 7.2% 16.9% 10.2%

Data Source and Table: ConstructConnect.

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

Jan-oct 2016 Jan-oct 2017 % Change
Connecticut $2,559,744,615 $4,614,423,883 80.3%
Maine $913,149,101 $1,294,295,250 41.7%
Massachusetts $8,442,838,541 $8,510,762,462 0.8%
New Hampshire $1,389,928,260 $939,851,298 -32.4%
Rhode Island $641,518,593 $1,120,011,204 74.6%
Vermont $678,667,811 $645,412,527 -4.9%
Total New England $14,625,846,921   $17,124,756,624   17.1%
New Jersey $8,302,029,956 $8,342,523,731 0.5%
New York $20,344,084,862 $31,833,792,918 56.5%
Pennsylvania $11,951,066,433 $20,845,761,577 74.4%
Total Middle Atlantic $40,597,181,251   $61,022,078,226   50.3%
TOTAL NORTHEAST $55,223,028,172   $78,146,834,850   41.5%
Illinois $11,001,212,862 $11,378,472,472 3.4%
Indiana $6,219,094,479 $5,536,970,222 -11.0%
Michigan $9,119,459,700 $14,104,994,666 54.7%
Ohio $11,312,634,887 $12,081,840,095 6.8%
Wisconsin $6,863,789,841 $8,304,163,987 21.0%
Total East North Central $44,516,191,769   $51,406,441,442   15.5%
Iowa $4,602,507,433 $4,516,401,844 -1.9%
Kansas $3,446,048,494 $3,213,324,358 -6.8%
Minnesota $7,117,511,386 $7,504,905,514 5.4%
Missouri $6,733,844,848 $6,566,278,941 -2.5%
Nebraska $2,487,845,565 $3,055,002,255 22.8%
North Dakota $1,998,991,072 $1,604,153,669 -19.8%
South Dakota $1,231,496,759 $1,827,347,678 48.4%
Total West North Central $27,618,245,557   $28,287,414,259   2.4%
TOTAL MIDWEST $72,134,437,326   $79,693,855,701   10.5%
Delaware $860,955,689 $1,169,651,574 35.9%
District of Columbia $2,258,182,759 $2,056,469,116 -8.9%
Florida $21,626,283,075 $24,877,043,309 15.0%
Georgia $12,283,454,445 $10,030,394,092 -18.3%
Maryland $9,762,185,819 $5,803,030,304 -40.6%
North Carolina $11,857,253,332 $11,276,010,273 -4.9%
South Carolina $5,787,628,584 $6,457,717,187 11.6%
Virginia $9,503,904,967 $9,924,471,526 4.4%
West Virginia $988,295,771 $1,295,754,534 31.1%
Total South Atlantic $74,928,144,441   $72,890,541,915   -2.7%
Alabama $4,242,056,523 $4,692,952,872 10.6%
Kentucky $5,998,479,261 $3,276,705,948 -45.4%
Mississippi $2,472,110,712 $2,008,974,144 -18.7%
Tennessee $6,923,600,775 $5,998,687,250 -13.4%
Total East South Central $19,636,247,271   $15,977,320,214   -18.6%
Arkansas $2,872,017,784 $2,448,323,841 -14.8%
Louisiana $6,493,228,784 $5,118,038,163 -21.2%
Oklahoma $4,630,202,503 $5,286,402,957 14.2%
Texas $43,837,862,237 $49,838,803,881 13.7%
Total West South Central $57,833,311,308   $62,691,568,842   8.4%
TOTAL SOUTH $152,397,703,020   $151,559,430,971   -0.6%
Arizona $5,807,317,967 $5,239,616,040 -9.8%
Colorado $5,600,299,100 $6,159,783,930 10.0%
Idaho $1,305,440,568 $1,282,179,739 -1.8%
Montana $1,086,561,910 $910,281,608 -16.2%
Nevada $3,491,483,908 $2,466,162,877 -29.4%
New Mexico $1,676,208,909 $1,738,494,458 3.7%
Utah $4,708,574,073 $4,772,936,979 1.4%
Wyoming $1,304,157,111 $921,927,122 -29.3%
Total Mountain $24,980,043,546   $23,491,382,753   -6.0%
Alaska $1,271,681,771 $1,561,688,576 22.8%
California $33,071,117,920 $41,368,143,822 25.1%
Hawaii $2,445,307,556 $1,466,107,915 -40.0%
Oregon $4,402,751,299 $4,936,700,368 12.1%
Washington $9,232,870,366 $9,269,006,879 0.4%
Total Pacific $50,423,728,912   $58,601,647,560   16.2%
TOTAL WEST $75,403,772,458   $82,093,030,313   8.9%
TOTAL U.S. $355,158,940,976   $391,493,151,835   10.2%

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

Data Source and Table: ConstructConnect.

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