Private Residential Construction Spending Declines in February

Private residential construction spending declined 0.6% in February, as spending on single-family construction decreased 1.8%. Spending declined for the ninth month in a row amid elevated mortgage interest rates. Consequently, private residential construction is 5.7% lower compared to a year ago.

The monthly decline is largely attributed to lower spending on single-family construction, which has been declining since June 2022. Compared to a year ago, spending on single-family construction was 21.4% lower. This is consistent with a pull back for single-family home building, as surging interest rates cooled the housing market during 2022.

Multifamily construction spending increased by 1.4% in February, after an increase of 0.2% in January. This was 22.2% over the February 2022 estimates, largely due to the strong demand for rental apartments. Private residential improvement spending stayed flat in February and was 8.0% higher compared to a year ago. The remodeling market continues to overperform the rest of the residential construction sector.

Keep in mind that construction spending reports the value of property put-in-place. Per the Census definition: The “value of construction put in place” is a measure of the value of construction installed or erected at the site during a given period. The total value-in-place for a given period is the sum of the value of work done on all projects underway during this period, regardless of when work on each individual project was started or when payment was made to the contractors. For some categories, published estimates represent payments made during a period rather than the value of work done during that period.

The NAHB construction spending index, which is shown in the graph below (the base is January 2000), illustrates how construction spending on single-family has slowed since early 2022 under the pressure of supply-chain issues and elevated interest rates. Multifamily construction spending has had solid growth in recent months, while improvement spending has increased its pace since early 2019. Before the COVID-19 crisis hit the U.S. economy, single-family and multifamily construction spending experienced solid growth from the second half of 2019 to February 2020, followed by a quick post-covid rebound since July 2020.

Spending on private nonresidential construction increased by 0.7% in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $601 billion. The monthly private nonresidential spending increase was mainly due to more spending on the class of manufacturing category ($3.7 billion), followed by the power category ($1.5 billion).


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3 thoughts on “Private Residential Construction Spending Declines in February

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  2. Eye on Housing’s blog post discusses the decline in private residential construction spending in February. The post analyzes the factors influencing the construction industry, providing valuable insights into the market’s dynamics.

  3. It’s disheartening to hear about the decline in private residential construction spending. However, this might be an opportunity for the industry to rethink its approach. Let’s encourage builders to prioritize environmentally conscious practices, such as using sustainable building materials and promoting revegetation efforts for a greener future.

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