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'Private construction is now growing consistently,' AGC economist says

Post Time:Aug 06,2012Classify:Industry NewsView:63

Construction spending in June rose to a 2-1/2 year high as double-digit percentage increases in private residential and nonresidential construction more than offset an ongoing downturn in public construction, according to an analysis of new federal data released, August 1, by the Associated General Contractors of America.

“The June spending gains come on top of upward revisions to May and April totals, reinforcing the notion that private construction is now growing consistently,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist, in the release. “Even more encouraging, the improvement is showing up in a wide range of residential and nonresidential categories.”

Simonson noted that total construction spending gained 0.4 percent for the month and 7.0 percent year-over-year.

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