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The Data DIGest - Sept. 18-25<br><I>Materials costs heat up as overall PPI cools; housing, nonres indicators diverge more</I>

September 25, 2006
The producer price index (PPI) for finished goods rose a seasonally adjusted 0.1% for the second straight month in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on September 19.
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DataDIGest - Week Ending March 29

March 30, 2006
Construction starts hold steady in February; materials prices outrun overall PPI again
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DataDIGest: week ending March 10

March 10, 2006
Construction job gains led February employment report; U.S., Mexico sign cement deal
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Construction jobs, activity and costs are up, say BLS, Census, BEA, Beige Book, ISM

December 2, 2005
Nonfarm payroll employment rose 215,000 in November and the unemployment rate held steady at 5%, seasonally adjusted, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today.
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Natural gas, oil, diesel, copper prices drop but remain high with supplies tight<br>Week Ending Nov. 28, 2005

November 28, 2005
Tight supplies of oil and natural gas continue to push up costs for contractors and pose threats of shortages.
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The Cost Outlook for Construction

November 15, 2005
In 2004 and 2005, construction materials costs have been highly volatile, with much more inflation on the whole than in previous years.
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Mixed impacts from Katrina appear for construction activity, materials, and labor<br>Sept. 14 - Sept. 19

September 20, 2005
Mixed impacts from Hurricane Katrina on supplies of construction inputs are continuing to appear. AGC CEO Stephen Sandherr on Friday wrote to Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez to urge an immediate suspension of the anti-dumping duty on Mexican cement to ease shortages worsened by the closure of ports that accounted for 12% of U.S. imports in the first half of 2005.
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Katrina adds fuel to rising materials costs; pre-storm Beige Book showed rosy outlook<br>Sept. 6 - Sept. 13

September 16, 2005
The producer price index (PPI) for finished goods, rose 0.6% in August, seasonally adjusted, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today, noting that prices were collected before Hurricane Katrina struck.
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Katrina alters outlook after favorable construction employment, spending reports<br>Aug. 29 - Sept. 6

September 6, 2005
Hurricane Katrina has radically changed the outlook for construction demand and construction inputs throughout the country for an indefinite period.
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AIA, McGraw-Hill issue upbeat construction reports; home sales were mixed in July<br>Aug. 22, 2005

August 22, 2005
Two favorable indicators for near-term construction activity came out yesterday and today. Today, Kermit Baker, Chief Economist for the American Institute of Architects, wrote, “firms reported strong gains nationally last month as the nonresidential construction expansion continued to pick up steam."
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