Thursday, December 1, 2011

Construction Decline Bottoming

The AP reports:

U.S. builders spent more in October on homes, offices and shopping centers, pushing construction spending up for a third straight month. Despite the gains, construction spending remained depressed.
Construction spending rose 0.8 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $798.5 billion, the Commerce Department said Thursday. While an improvement, that's barely half the $1.5 trillion that economists consider healthy. And through the first 10 months of this year, construction spending is 2.9 percent below the dismal levels from 2010.
While things do remain well below normal levels, but not nearly the "half" quoted above. Even during the boom times earlier last decade, the US never approached the $1.5 trillion "healthy" figure (though I would note the below is in nominal terms, thus in real terms would look worse).



Source: Census