U.S. Census Reports Construction Spending

The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce recently announced that construction spending during February 2009 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $967.5 billion, 0.9 percent below the revised January estimate of $976.2 billion. The February figure is 10 percent below the February 2008 estimate of $1,075.3 billion. During the first two months of this year, construction spending amounted to $135.5 billion, 10.9 percent below the $152 billion for the same period in 2008.

Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $665.9 billion, 1.6 percent below the revised January estimate of $676.9 billion. Residential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $275.1 billion in February, 4.3 percent below the revised January estimate of $287.4 billion. Nonresidential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $390.7 billion in February, 0.3 percent above the revised January estimate of $389.5 billion.

In February, the estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of public construction spending was $301.7 billion, 0.8 percent above the revised January estimate of $299.2 billion. Educational construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $86.9 billion, 1.7 percent above the revised January estimate of $85.5 billion. Highway construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $77.7 billion, 0.5 percent below the revised January estimate of $78 billion.

March 2009 data will be released on May 4, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. EDT. For detailed data, visit http://www.census.gov/constructionspending.