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ConstructConnect’s U.S. Construction Starts Summer Forecast

ConstructConnect, a leading provider of construction information and technology solutions in North America, announced today the release of its Fall 2018 Forecast and Quarterly Report. The forecast revealed minor revisions to its total construction starts from what was originally estimated last quarter. Total starts for 2018 over 2017 are now expected to be -0.2 percent, down slightly from the +0.4 percent figure previously calculated.

The forecast suggested 2019 total starts will rebound to +7.8 percent year over year, faster than the +7.1 percent previously expected. Beyond 2019, the annual growth rate of total starts will settle down into a range of +4.5 percent to +5.0 percent out to 2022.

After a one-third increase in the 2017 starts, multifamily residential groundbreakings will ease back in 2018, before resuming upward movement in 2019 and beyond. Single-family homebuilding will provide the major momentum this year and for the next several years.

The demographics for single-family housing are encouraging, as family formations among millennials are spurring the desire for living space that transcends rental accommodation.

The forecast, which combines ConstructConnect's proprietary data with macroeconomic factors and Oxford Economics’ econometric expertise, highlighted several favorable indicators:

  • Single-family housing
  • Petrochemical and liquified natural gas plants
  • Airport expansions
  • Energy-related pipeline projects

“The incentives to carry out capital spending at this time include numerous positive indicators: strong GDP growth accompanied by exceptional jobs creation and an almost record-low unemployment rate; a big cut in the tax rate and a bonus depreciation rate that are lifting corporate profitability; and a pervasive shift to rosier consumer and business confidence,” explained ConstructConnect’s Chief Economist Alex Carrick.

The report indicates three economic concerns:

  • Escalating inflation and rising interest rates
  • U.S. dollar climbing in value
  • Worries over tariffs and possible trade wars

The forecast’s regional projections revealed in 2019 Texas and Florida will have the largest percentage increases, with New York and California performing well.

To learn more about ConstructConnect or to get a free copy of the Forecast Quarterly Report, visit constructconnect.com.