March Sees a Rise in Private Residential Construction Spending

The painted kitchen island is in a different color from the remaining kitchen cabinets.According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) there was a 1% rise in private residential construction spending from February’s 0.7%. Total private residential construction spending was 18.4% higher than it was a year ago and spending was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $882 billion.

The rise is the result of the strong growth of spending on improvements and single-family. Single-family construction spending was up 1.3% over February estimates with an increase to $472.6 billion. This is great news since the home building industry is still facing supply chain issues and labor shortages.

There was a decrease however in the private nonresidential construction spending to a seasonally annual rate of $497.6 billion which was down 1.2% from February estimates. This still is not bad since it is 8.5% higher than a year ago. The highest increase in this category was in manufacturing at $22.7 billion.

The National Association of Home Builder’s construction spending index shows a great rebound back to pre-COVID-19 numbers. The NAHB construction spending index illustrates the solid growth in single-family construction and home improvement from the second half of 2019 to February 2020.

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