Thursday, April 01, 2010

Constuction Spending: February 2010

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released their February read of construction spending showing a continued slowing of the government’s tax-carrot fueled bounce in residential construction spending while indicating continued weakness to non-residential construction spending.

Even with the governments tax-credit gimmick, residential construction spending is still 3.85% below the level seen last year and a whopping 62.93% below the peak set in March 2006.

Private single family residential construction spending increased 3.89% as compared to February 2009 but still remains some 75.48% below the peak set in February 2006.

Non-residential construction spending, currently accounting for over half of all private construction spending, posted another significant year-over-year decline of 24.34%.

The following charts (click for larger dynamic versions) show private residential construction spending, private residential single family construction spending and private non-residential construction spending broken out and plotted since 1993 along with the year-over-year and peak percent change to each since 1994 and 2000 – 2005.