Articles by Ken Simonson

Construction Hiring Rises, Openings Stay Scarce, Bid Prices Inch Up

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The hires rate in construction jumped to 7.3 percent in September from 5.6 percent in August and 5.9 percent in September 2010.
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PPI, Highway Index Show Contractors' Cost Squeeze; Reed, Census Starts Are Volatile

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The producer price index for inputs to construction industries - a weighted average of the price of all goods used in every type of construction, plus items consumed by contractors, such as diesel fuel - was flat for September but up 8.1 percent over the September 2010 level.
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MHC Says Starts Rise In August; Housing Is Mixed; Retail Remains Weak; Industrial Gains

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The pickup for total construction in August was the result of greater activity for each of construction’s three main sectors - nonresidential building [7 percent], residential building [4 percent] and nonbuilding construction [13 percent]. For the first eight months of 2011, total construction on an unadjusted basis was down 6 percent from the same period a year ago.
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Construction Stayed Weak In New Beige Book Survey; NAHB Says Multifamily Improved

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"Reports from the 12 Federal Reserve districts indicated that economic activity continued to expand at a modest pace, though some districts noted mixed or weakening activity," the Fed reported.
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Construction Spending Climbs In June; Metro Areas Divide Between Job Gains, Losses

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Construction spending totaled $772 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in June, up 0.2 percent from the rate in May but down 4.7 percent from June 2010, the Census Bureau reported Aug. 1.
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Construction Spending Hits 11-Yr. Low, ARRA Added Jobs

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Construction spending in May totaled $753 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, the sixth consecutive monthly decrease and the lowest figure since 1999, the Census Bureau reported July 1.
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April PPI For Inputs Again Outpaces Finished Building Prices

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The PPI for inputs to construction industries - a blend of all materials used in every type of construction, plus items consumed by contractors such as diesel fuel - rose 1.4 percent and 7.1 percent, respectively.
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Construction Adds Jobs In February; More Coming, Manpower Survey Finds

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Construction employment rose by 33,000, the largest gain in nearly four years, but much of the increase may have represented catch-up from a weather-exacerbated drop of 22,000 jobs in January.
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Dec. Construction Jobs Fall; Industrial, Office, Apartment Markets Worsen

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Construction employment fell by 53,500 (-0.9 percent), accounting for more than 60 percent of total losses for December 2009, and by 934,000 (14 percent) for the year.
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Nov. Construction Spending, Job Losses Were Widespread; Wage Increases Diminish

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Construction spending fell 0.6 percent in November 2009 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $900 billion, down 13 percent from November 2008 and the lowest total in six years.
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