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The following is a companion piece to an earlier article on construction material cost changes in the United States.

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The enormous year-over-year increases in construction material costs evident in the middle of last year have eased substantially entering summer of this year. Last year in June, the average y/y gain for the two Producer Price Index series designed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to specifically capture construction input costs was +30.0%. The latest average y/y climb, for May 2022, is down by nearly half, to +16.4%.

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When challenged to make an economic or demographic size comparison, many of us use the rule of thumb that things Canadian are one-tenth the size of things American.

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I usually write the monthly Nuggets report in bullet point form, but this time I’m going to be expository since I’m essentially trying to carry forward a proposition.

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ConstructConnect’s Expansion Index, a monthly measure of the dollar value of construction projects in planning compared to the same month one year ago, registered 15% overall expansion in Canada and 10% in the United States for the month of May 2022. The latest Canadian reading was the highest in the year-to-date period and marks the 11th consecutive month of double-digit index expansion. The May reading in the United States was similarly impressive, setting a 10-month high.

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Clichés are often true and it is the case that a picture can be worth a thousand words.

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The accompanying table records the top 10 project starts in the United States for April 2022.

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May Outdoes April for Megas ConstructConnect announced today that May 2022's volume of construction starts, excluding residential work, was $63.4 billion, an increase of +18.9% versus April’s figure of $53.3 billion (previously reported as $52.6 billion). An increase of nearly one-fifth month to month is about double the usual climb at this time of year due to seasonality (i.e., less inclement weather than in winter, facilitating onsite work outdoors.)

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In Difficult and Unprecedented Times Knowledge is Power The reverberating and long-run effects of the immediate actions taken by world leaders during 2020 and afterward were always going to be difficult—if not impossible—to foresee. However, 2022 is certainly the leading year in which many of the unanticipated consequences of those decisions have come to the fore.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics released disappointing news on June 10, as it reported that overall prices increased by a record 8.6% during the 12-month period ending in May 2022. The news sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average down almost 900-points for the day. Yet this difficult news on overall inflation fails to capture an important truth which is that not all prices rise at the same time and certainly not to the same degree.

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