June Construction Economic Numbers Mixed
According to the June 2018 measurements by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the “construction economy” remains strong. There are a couple items worth keeping a close watch on, but economists are presently calling them anomalies.
Non-residential construction spending shrunk by 1.6% in June as compared to May. The total spend in June for commercial construction was approximately $742 billion. This decrease is being driven by what can only be described as an expected dip (3.5%) in public construction project spending as money from previous stimulus packages continues to dry up. In positive news, the previous gains in the private sector stayed in place and overall commercial construction spending was still 4.2% higher than it was in June 2017.
The construction job market also continues to grow. While the overall unemployment rate rose 0.2%, the construction industry saw 13,000 jobs added in June to bring the total number of new construction jobs in 2018 to 282,000. This suggests that employers see work in the near future and are in need of qualified labor, so the economic numbers should continue to improve in July and August.
All in all, the construction industry seems to be in a continuous climb out of its low point after the 2008 recession; and all present indications are that continued improvement is on the horizon.
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