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October construction starts fall 11 percent

Dodge Data & Analytics announced today that new construction starts declined 11% in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $696.3 billion. This is the third consecutive monthly drop in construction starts activity. “Concern over the health of the U.S. economy continues to play a key role in the pullback in starts over the past few months,” stated Richard Branch, Chief Economist for Dodge Data & Analytics. “However, solid real estate fundamentals (such as vacancy rates) in addition to stable public funding will continue to support a modest level of construction activity across both public and private projects.”

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Dodge Momentum Index moves higher in October

Dodge Momentum Index October’s increase was due entirely to a recovery in institutional planning projects, which had stepped back over the previous few months. Institutional planning moved 22.8% higher in the month while commercial planning lost 0.5%. 

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September construction starts decrease 5 percent

New construction starts moved 5% lower in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $774.1 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. By major sector, nonbuilding construction fell 13% in September, while residential construction dropped 6%. On the plus side, nonresidential construction starts rose 1% during the month aided by the start of a large manufacturing project.

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Dodge Data & Analytics appoints Richard Branch as new Chief Economist

“Throughout my years at Dodge, I’ve had the privilege of working directly with Robert Murray and his team of expert economists that have their fingers firmly on the pulse of the construction industry,” said Richard Branch. “As Chief Economist, I’m excited and eager to build upon an already strong foundation, and further solidify Dodge as the premier, go-to resource for construction industry insight and authority on data, trends, and market activity.”

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First half 2019 commercial and multifamily construction starts show mixed results by metropolitan areas

Last week, Dodge Data & Analytics released the First Half 2019 Commercial and Multifamily Construction Starts for the Top 20 metropolitan areas in the U.S. Within the top ten markets, six reported greater activity in 2019 and out of the top twenty markets, thirteen were able to register gains. At the national level, the volume of commercial and multifamily construction starts in 2019 was $101.4B, down 6% from last year’s $107.4 billion.

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June construction starts increase, while first six months down from a year ago

According to Dodge Data & Analytics, new construction starts in June advanced 9% from the previous month with increases in nonresidential building, office buildings, public buildings, healthcare facilities, and warehouses. However, through the first six months of 2019, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis were down 8% from the same period a year ago.

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Dodge Momentum Index increases in June

Despite the improvement shown by Dodge Data & Analytics’ Dodge Momentum Index in June, planning for commercial and institutional building projects has clearly stepped back from the torrid pace set during the first half of 2018. Indeed, the average of the overall Momentum Index through the first six months of 2019 was 4.3% lower than the same period a year ago, with the commercial component down 5.2% and the institutional component down 3.0%.

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