News & Opinions
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Construction Marketing Association / September 19, 2014
Despite many positives in the construction industry right now such as the high demand for skilled labor and that most construction firms are willing to prove higher wages for skilled workers, Alan Greenspan is pointing a finger of blame in construction’s direction.
According to a report from Bloomberg, Greenspan, who served as chairman of the Federal Reserve between 1987 and 2006, said Tuesday the U.S. economic rebound from the recession that ended five years ago, has been held back by the construction industry’s own slow rebound.
“What we see is that construction is deadRead More
David Crowe / Eye on Housing / August 20, 2014
After a disappointing June report, housing starts rebounded to an annual rate of 1.093 million for a 15.7% increase over the upwardly revised June level. The substantial June dip, caused by a fall in single-family construction in the South, was eliminated as single-family construction rose 8.3% with increases in three of the four regions. Midwest single-family starts were down 6.8% to a 109,000 rate, but remain at about the same level as the second quarter average.
The Census and HUD data also indicated that multifamily starts increased to a 437,000 annual rate, the highest since FebruaryRead More
Ken Simonton / Associated General Contractors
Construction market growth is projected to average between 6 and 10 percent per year in 2014 – 2017, according to Ken Simonton, economist for Associated General Contractors of America. In a recent Construction Market Outlook, Simonton provided an excellent macro-economic assessment of the landscape for commercial and residential developers and builders. Below are a few data points from the outlook. To view the entire report, click here.
- Total construction spending: +6% to +10% per year
- less SF housing, retail; declining public spending
- new drivers: shale-based