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U.S. construction spending jumps 1.3% in October

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 1, 2020

A construction worker walks down a staircase in the scaffolding of a building under construction on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in New York's, Times Square.   (Associated Press)
A construction worker walks down a staircase in the scaffolding of a building under construction on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in New York's, Times Square.  (Associated Press)
By Matt Ott Associated Press

SILVER SPRING, Md. — U.S. construction spending jumped 1.3% in October, again on the strength of single-family home building.

The October gain follows a downward revision in September to a 0.5% decline from a previous estimate of a 0.3% gain, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. August’s number was also revised significantly upward and spending in October was stronger than economists had expected.

Single-family home building has been a consistent bright spot for months as a lack of new homes has pushed builders to ramp up projects. Single-family home construction rose 5.6% in October, helping to boost a 2.9% increase in total private residential construction for the month.

Nonresidential private construction fell 0.7%, with the category that includes hotels and other lodging falling 3.1%.

Spending on government construction projects increased 1% after generally lagging for months, possibly because of budget restraints by state and local governments as the pandemic wiped out large amounts of tax revenue. Construction of roads, schools and public safety projects all increased.

During the first ten months of 2020, construction spending is up 4.3% over the same period last year.

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