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Construction Spending Dips Ahead of Outbreak Impact

As the world waits to see how much of an impact the coronavirus will have on March data points, U.S. construction spending took a slight dip in February. Construction spending was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,366.7 billion, which is down 1.3% from January, states the Census Bureau. However, February's spending is 6% higher than February 2019.

Economists predicted a 0.5% increase in construction spending in February, according to Reuters.

Private and public construction spending each took a step back in February. Private construction fell 1.2% from January—nonresidential spending dragging it down with a 2% drop. Residential spending also slipped 0.6% from the prior month. Public spending dropped 1.5% from January, pulled down by educational and highway construction.

As the coronavirus continues to spread across the country, the construction industry will be impacted at a greater rate—some locations shutting down projects altogether.

-Michael Miller, managing editor

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Wednesday, 22 September 2021