Spending on total private residential construction and new single-family construction increased in September, albeit slightly, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Commerce Tuesday morning. The result reflects the employment growth for the same month that ARCHITECT previously reported.

Spending on private residential construction rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $453.7 billion in September, 0.5% up from the upward-revised rate of $451.3 billion in August and also beat the reading of $449.7 billion a year ago in September 2015. Spending in the private residential construction sector has been trending up gradually during the past six years--after falling to a low of $230.5 billion in May 2009--but it remains well below the pre-crisis peak level of $678.0 billion reached in February 2006.

New single-family construction spending closed September with a $236.6 billion, up 0.1% month-over-month, but is -2.9% lower year-over-year. Spending on new multifamily construction continued to see an impressive improvement of 2% month-over-month, and 9.1% year-over-year, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $62.1 billion. The multifamily sector has been on a steady upward streak since the year 2011.

The overall construction industry (including total private construction and total public construction), however, decreased for a second month in a row to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.150 trillion in September, -0.4% below the revised rate of $1.154 trillion in August. On the other hand, total residential construction (including both private and public) spending this September climbed 0.4% month-over-month, and up 0.6% compared to September 2015.

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