There are a number of reports and outlets that help experts and executives keep their finger on the pulse of the construction industry. Curated by the Construction Dive staff, this page centralizes data from those resources and helps visualize it as a one-stop resource about construction industry spending, hiring, starts and billings. This construction industry data page is updated bimonthly.
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: June 1, 2020
Next release: July 1, 2020
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Construction Spending
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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: June 5, 2020
Next release: July 2, 2020
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation
- Construction Dive Market watch: Labor shortage, backlogs may mask construction slowdown
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.
Last Report: June 24, 2020
Next Report: July 22, 2020
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- American Institute of Architects ABI May 2020: Architecture firms report steep decline in billings for third consecutive month
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: June 15, 2020
Next report: July 2020
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