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What's New In This Report?
Following 1.2% growth in Q1 2017, the second estimate of real GDP growth for Q2 2017 increased to 3.0% from the first estimate of 2.6% growth.
While the ABI decelerated to 51.9 in July 2017, it was the sixth consecutive month firms reported increasing demand for design services.
Construction Put-in-Place was $1.21T in July 2017, 1.8% above year ago activity.
571K new Single Family homes were sold in July 2017, 8.9% below the July 2016 rate. The median sales price of new homes remained below the long-term average, at $314K.
In August 2017, the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.4% with 156K non-farm jobs added. The Construction industry added 28K jobs in the month, after adding 6K in July 2017.
43 of the 51 large MSAs (1M+ population) showed year-over-year unemployment rate decreases in July 2017. Again, Denver, CO had the lowest rate, at 2.4%.