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August construction climbs 8 percent

Post Time:Sep 23,2011Classify:Industry NewsView:246

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $424.7 billion, new construction starts in August advanced 8 percent, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. The gain followed a 10 percent decline in July, and continued the fluctuating pattern that's been present in recent months, according to a Sept. 21 release.

 

"During the first five months of this year, total construction had trended downward, but over the next three months an up-and-down pattern has emerged," stated Robert A. Murray, vice president of economic affairs for McGraw-Hill Construction, in the release. "This suggests that construction starts are beginning to stabilize after the earlier loss of momentum. At the same time, total construction remains on track to register a moderate decline for 2011 as a whole, after leveling off in 2010. While August showed some improvement for institutional building and public works, each of these sectors will be subject to funding cutbacks at the federal and state levels of government ... And, what appears to be the early signs of recovery for commercial building may well end up being deferred by rising investor concern about employment growth and the near term prospects for the U.S. economy."

 

Source: McGraw-Hill ConstructionAuthor: shangyi

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