February 2023 Construction Spending
The U.S. Census Bureau announced construction spending for February 2023 was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,844 billion, 0.1% below the revised estimate of $1,845 billion in January. Compared to the same period last year, construction spending was up 5.2 %. For the first two months of the year, spending amounted to $260.8 billion, up 5.9% above that same period in 2022.
While private construction spending in February was $1,453 billion, nearly unchanged from the revised January estimate of $1,453 billion, public construction spending was $391 billion, just 0.2% below the revised January estimate of $391.8 billion. However, compared to last year’s period, public construction spending is up 12.8% from February 2022. As a leading contributor, highway construction was strong in February at $120.6 billion, 0.3% above the previous month, and up 18.8% from last year.
More information may be found at: https://www.census.gov/construction/c30/pdf/release.pdf