Industry Pulse: The latest construction data and statistics
This construction data hub is updated when any of the following four 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: November 1, 2018
Next release: December 3, 2018
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Construction Spending
- The Associated General Contractors of America Construction Spending Increases to Record High of $1.329 Trillion, Most of Public and Private Segments Show Healthy Growth
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: November 2, 2018
Next release: December 7, 2018
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation
- Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Employment Picks Up in October, Says ABC
RLB Crane Index
Rider Levett Bucknall's Crane Index measures the number of cranes present in major North American markets each January and July. We're tracking construction activity in 10 of the largest U.S. cities RLB tracks as well as their combined crane count every six months.
Latest report: July 2018
Next report: January 2018
- Rider Levett Bucknall REPORT: North American Crane Counts Reach a New Peak
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: October 24, 2018
Next release: November 14, 2018
- American Institute of Architects Architecture firm billings slow but remain positive in September