Earlier today, the Census Bureau reported that overall construction spending decreased 0.6% in June compared to May:
The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced today that construction spending during June 2016 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,133.5 billion, 0.6 percent below the revised May estimate of $1,140.9 billion. The June figure is 0.3 percent above the June 2015 estimate of $1,130.5 billion.
Private and public spending decreased in June:
Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $851.0 billion, 0.6 percent below the revised May estimate of $856.6 billion. …
In June, the estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of public construction spending was $282.5 billion, 0.6 percent below the revised May estimate of $284.3 billion
This graph shows private residential and nonresidential construction spending, and public spending, since 1993. Note: nominal dollars, not inflation adjusted.
All three categories have slumped recently.
Private residential spending has been generally increasing, but is 34% below the bubble peak.
Non-residential spending is only 2% below the peak in January 2008 (nominal dollars).
Public construction spending is now 13% below the peak in March 2009.
On a year-over-year basis, private residential construction spending is up 3%. Non-residential spending is up 2% year-over-year. Public spending is down 6% year-over-year.
Looking forward, all categories of construction spending should increase in 2016. Residential spending is still fairly low, non-residential is increasing (except oil and gas), and public spending is also generally increasing after several years of austerity.
This was well below the consensus forecast of a 0.6% increase for June, and construction spending for the previous two months were revised down.