Industry Pulse: The latest construction data and statistics
This construction data hub is updated when any of the following five 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: December 3, 2018
Next release: January 3, 2019 (Delayed due to government shutdown)
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Construction Spending
- The Associated General Contractors of America Construction Spending Dips in October But Maintains Year-Over-Year Gains; Association Urges Action on Infrastructure Investment as Spending Stalls
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: January 4, 2019
Next release: February 1, 2019
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation
- Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Employment Rises to Close Out 2018, Says ABC
Projects are growing more complex every year, driving the values of new construction up. Dodge Data & Analytics measures the value of total U.S. construction starts each month, as well as the value of starts in nonresidential, residential and nonbuilding categories.
Latest report: December 20, 2018
Next report: January 20, 2019
- Dodge Data & Analytics New Construction Starts in November Slip 7 Percent
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 2019
- 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: December 19, 2018
Next release: January 23, 2019
- American Institute of Architects ABI November 2018: Firm billings show strong growth