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: May 1, 2017
Next release: June 1, 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: May 5, 2017
Next release: June 2, 2017
- Construction Dive Construction employment sees moderate growth in April
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment situation
- Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Job Growth Led by Nonresidential Sector, But Remains Tepid
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
- Construction Dive Architecture billings continue rebound in March
- American Institute of Architects Architecture Billings Index continues to strengthen
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
- Construction Dive Tight inventory, strong demand drive builder optimism up in May
- National Association of Home Builders Builder Confidence Continues on Upward Trend
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
- Construction Dive Multifamily cooldown a drag on housing starts in April
- U.S. Commerce Department Monthly new residential construction April, 2017
- The Wall Street Journal U.S. Housing Starts Fell in April for Third Time in Four Months
- MarketWatch Housing starts ease in April after strong first quarter
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
- Construction Dive Existing-home sales swing back in March to fastest pace in more than a decade
- National Association of Realtors Existing-Home Sales Jumped 4.4% in March
- Reuters U.S. existing home sales surge 4.4 percent in March
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
- Construction Dive New-home sales keep climbing in March as inventory tigthens
- U.S. Commerce Department Monthly new residential sales, March 2017
- MarketWatch New-home sales roar to 8-month high as spring selling season starts with a bang
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
- Construction Dive Inventory shortage drags pending home sales down in March
- National Association of Realtors Pending Home Sale Dip 0.8% in March
- CNBC Too few listings pinch real estate in March; Pending home sales slip 0.8%