Non-residential spending strength was led by a $1.9 billion increase in spending on power, a $1.2 billion increase in highways and streets and a $847 million increase in amusement and recreation. Weakness was led by a $1.8 billion decline in spending on communications, a $1.2 billion drop in manufacturing and a $792 million decline in healthcare.
There was also a noticeable difference between private and public spending. Private spending rose by $7.3 billion, driven exclusively by residential projects. Non-residential spending fell by $1.2 billion, but within that was a $2.6 billion increase in spending on power projects. In contrast, public spending only increased by $1.6 billion, almost all of which came in the non-residential category. Public spending on non-residential projects rose by $1.4 billion, driven largely by a $1.1 billion increase in spending on highways and streets.
Compared to a year ago, the strongest growth in total construction spending has come from lodging, office and commercial projects. Conversely, the biggest declines have been seen in sewage and waste disposal, conservation and development and water supply projects.