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: May 1, 2019
Next release: June 3, 2019
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Construction Spending
- Associated General Contractors of America Construction Employment Increases in 218 Metros from March 2018 to March 2019 as Nonresidential, Multifamily Spending Grow Despite Decline in Homebuilding
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 3, 2019
Next release: June 7, 2019
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: April 18, 2019
Next report: May 16, 2019
- Dodge Data & Analytics March Construction Starts Surge 16 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: January 2019
Next report: July 2019
- Rider Levett Bucknall RLB Crane Index: North America — January 2019
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 17, 2019
Next release: May 22, 2019
- American Institute of Architects ABI March 2019: Billings decline amidst concern about potential slowdown