Yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau released their latest read of construction spending showing improvement in February with total construction spending, residential and non-residential construction spending increasing on the month.
On a month-to-month basis, total residential spending increased 2.17% from January climbing 20.08% above the level seen in February 2012 while still remaining a whopping 55.15% below the peak level seen in 2006.
Single family construction spending climbed a notable 4.27% since January rising 34.14% since February 2012 but remained a whopping 66.40% below it's peak in 2006.
Non-residential construction spending increased 0.44% since January and rose 6.08% above the level seen in February 2012 and remained a whopping 27.37% below the peak level reached in October 2008.
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, month-to-month and peak percent change to each since 1994 and 2000 – 2005.