Industry Pulse: The latest construction data and statistics

This construction data hub is updated when any of the following five industry reports is released. These charts offer a look at the construction industry's health over the past two years.
Construction spending
While often revised in subsequent months, construction spending figures each month from the U.S. Commerce Department examine the private and public construction sectors. Within the private sector, the report tracks single-family residential, multifamily residential and nonresidential.
Latest report: March 13, 2019
Next release: April 1, 2019
Construction employment
The labor shortage has consistently been a major challenge for construction companies. Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases job gains or losses in the industry and divides the figures into residential and nonresidential sectors.
Latest report: March 8, 2019
Next release: April 5, 2019
Construction starts
Projects are growing more complex every year, driving the values of new construction up. Dodge Data & Analytics measures the value of total U.S. construction starts each month, as well as the value of starts in nonresidential, residential and nonbuilding categories.
Latest report: February 22, 2019
Next report: March 2019
RLB Crane Index
Rider Levett Bucknall's Crane Index measures the number of cranes present in major North American markets each January and July. We're tracking construction activity in 10 of the largest U.S. cities RLB tracks as well as their combined crane count every six months.
Latest report: January 2019
Next report: July 2019
Architecture Billings Index
The ABI, from the American Institute of Architects, serves as an indicator of future construction spending — with a lead time of about nine to 12 months — as design services lead to new commercial projects. Any mark above 50 on the ABI indicates an increase in billings.


Latest report: February 20, 2019

Next release: March 20, 2019