Nonresidential construction spending expanded 0.8 percent in December, totaling $720.4 billion on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) analysis of data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. This represents the fifth consecutive month during which the pace of nonresidential spending has increased.
Nonresidential spending expanded 0.1 percent on a year-over-year basis and sits at its highest level since March. Private nonresidential construction spending increased 1.1 percent for the month, but is down 2.5 percent year over year, while public nonresidential spending increased 0.4 percent for the month and 4.4 percent for the year. Spending in the power and manufacturing categories, which are two of the largest nonresidential subsectors, contracted by a combined 10.3 percent, or $18.2 billion, since December 2016.