May 2018

Construction contribution to Q1 GDP under-reported by 47 basis points, despite 1.7% drop in March

Construction spending fell 1.7% in March, after construction spending for both January and February were revised much higher.  The Census Bureau's report on construction spending for March (pdf) estimated that the month's seasonally adjusted construction spending would work out to $1,284.7 billion annually if extrapolated over an entire year, which was 1.7 percent (±0.8%) below the revised annualized February estimate of $1,306.4 billion