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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.

Construction spending

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: May 1, 2017

Next release: June 1, 2017

 

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Construction employment

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: May 5, 2017

Next release: June 2, 2017

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: April 19, 2017

Next release: May 24, 2017

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: May 15, 2017

Next release: June 15, 2017

Housing starts

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: May 16, 2017

Next release: June 16, 2017

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: April 21, 2017

Next release: May 24, 2017

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: April 25, 2017

Next release: May 23, 2017

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: April 27, 2017

Next release: May 31, 2017

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