Industry Pulse: The latest construction data and statistics
This construction data hub is updated when any of the following eight industry reports is released. These charts offer a look at the construction industry's health over the past two years.
While often revised in subsequent months, construction spending figures each month from the U.S. Commerce Department examine the private and public construction sectors. Within the private sector, the report tracks single-family residential, multifamily residential and nonresidential.
Latest report: June 1, 2017
Next release: July 3, 2017
- Construction Dive Construction spending dips in April after 2017's strong start
- U.S. Commerce Department Monthly construction spending, April 2017
The labor shortage has consistently been a major challenge for construction companies. Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases job gains or losses in the industry and divides the figures into residential and nonresidential sectors.
Latest report: June 2, 2017
Next release: July 7, 2017
- Construction Dive Construction employment gains momentum in May
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment situation
- Associated Builders and Contractors Jobs Report Offers Reasons for Hope and Concern for Construction Industry
Architecture Billings Index
The ABI, from the American Institute of Architects, serves as an indicator of future construction spending — with a lead time of about nine to 12 months — as design services lead to new commercial projects. Any mark above 50 on the ABI indicates an increase in billings.
Latest report: May 24, 2017
Next release: June 21, 2017
- Construction Dive Architecture billings stay in positive territory for third straight month
- American Institute of Architects Design billings increasing entering height of construction season
Housing Market Index
The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index offers a monthly score of builder optimism toward the single-family market. The HMI is divided into current sales conditions, buyer traffic and sales expectations for the next six months.
Latest report: June 15, 2017
Next release: July 18, 2017
- Construction Dive Labor, lot shortages drive builder optimism down in June
- National Association of Home Builders Builder Confidence Remains Solid in June
The U.S. Commerce Department releases monthly housing starts data — one of the most closely watched residential construction reports — one day after the HMI. Although new home construction has continued to slowly recover, housing starts still remain well below what economists consider normal levels.
Latest report: June 16, 2017
Next release: July 19, 2017
- Construction Dive Housing starts continue to slide amid weak single-family, multifamily activity
- U.S. Commerce Department Monthly new residential construction May, 2017
- The Wall Street Journal U.S. Housing Starts Fall for Third Consecutive Month in May
- MarketWatch Home builders cut back for third straight month
Existing home sales
The National Association of Realtors releases data for existing home sales, which represent the majority of activity in the housing market, each month. The report also includes information for the share of first-time buyers purchasing existing properties.
Latest report: June 21, 2017
Next release: July 24, 2017
- Construction Dive Existing-home sales bounce back in May
- National Association of Realtors Existing-Home Sales Rise 1.1 Percent in May; Median Sales Price Ascends to New High
- Reuters U.S. existing home sales unexpectedly rise in May
New home sales
New home sales account for approximately 10% of the total housing market. The monthly report from the U.S. Commerce Department also delves into regional new home sales as well as the median price of new properties.
Latest report: May 23, 2017
Next release: June 23, 2017
- Construction Dive New-home sales fall back in April
- U.S. Commerce Department Monthly new residential sales, April 2017
- MarketWatch New home sales tumble in April after soaring to 10-year high in March
Pending home sales
The pending home sales report from the National Association of Realtors rounds out the string of housing market data reports each month. It serves as a forward-looking indicator of home sales based on contract signings.
Latest report: May 31, 2017
Next release: June 28, 2017
- Construction Dive Tight supply drives pending home sales down in April
- National Association of Realtors Pending Home Sales Scale Back 1.3 Percent in April
- CNBC Pending home sales drop 1.3% in April as spring housing market shows weakness