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What's New In This Report?
The DMI fell 3.3% in July 2017 to 135.0, but is 6.9% higher than its year-ago rate.
The ConstructConnect Expansion Index, which measures growth in the value of project pipeline was 1.35 in August 2017 for the US. 257 of the 380 MSAs scored 1.00 or more, indicating expansion over last-year's values.
In July 2017, housing permits reflected an annual rate of 1.2M, while down in the month, permit activity is still 4.1% above the July 2016, year-ago rate.
Housing starts in July 2017 were down 5.6% from the year-ago rate, primarily due to a 33.7% contraction in multi-family starts.
The HMI in August 2017 rose 4 points to 68, with over-the-month gains in all components and regions of the index.
41 of 51 states showed year-over-year construction employment gains in June 2017; with the strongest gains in Rhode Island and the deepest contractions in the District of Columbia.
In August 2017 the CCI showed a 4.4% annual gain in construction costs, supported by ongoing increases in labor components.