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What's New In This Report?
The Second estimate of real GDP growth for Q1 2018 was 2.2% and the real GDP for Q4 2017 was 2.9%, both above the previous year values.
The Dodge Momentum Index (DMI) reached a high of 167.8 in May 2018, 1.8% above April score of 164.9, and 20.2% above its year ago score.
The annualized value of Construction Put-in-Place was $1.31T in April 2018, 7.6% above its year ago activity.
In April 2018, construction final demand prices and construction industry goods saw a growth of 4.2% and 6.4%, respectively, from its year-ago value.
In May 2018, the unemployment rate decreased to 3.8% after adding 223K jobs, with 25K added in the Construction Industry.
44 of 51 large MSAs (1M+ population) showed year-over-year unemployment rate decreases in April 2018 with Ames, IA showing the lowest unemployment of 1.5%.