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This page contains all important previous notifications from our Construction Spending main page. Notifications often appear in the announcements section at the right side of our main page and are there to notify you about announcements and supplemental statistical tables.

November 1, 2013

The U.S. Census Bureau announced revisions to its release calendar for the 2013 economic indicators that have been delayed because of the recent lapse in federal funding. The Value of Construction Put in Place for August 2013 will be released October 22, 2013. The Value of Construction Put in Place for September 2013 will be released with the October 2013 data release on December 2, 2013. Data collection for estimates occurs with resources that are shared with other critical surveys. Full data collection will occur but will require extra time; hence, the scheduled release for September 2013 data is postponed until December 2013. Normal data collection and data releases will resume with the release of the November 2013 data in January 2014.

September 1, 2013 

New Length of Time data for Private Nonresidential, Private Multifamily and State and Local Construction are available. Go to the Related Studies menu on our website.

August 1, 2013 

Geographic data for Private Nonresidential Construction (1993-2012) are available. Go to the Private Construction menu on our website. Estimates for private residential, total private, and total construction spending for 2012 have been revised to reflect corrections identified to estimates of spending on residential improvements.

July 1, 2013 

In the May 2013 press release, normal revisions to the unadjusted and seasonally adjusted data were made back to January 2011.

March 1, 2013 

For information on Hurricane Sandy's effect on the compilation of the October 2012 data, please see our Hurricane Sandy FAQs

September 1, 2012 

New Length of Time data for Private Nonresidential, Private Multifamily and State and Local Construction are available. Go to the Related Studies menu on our website.

August 3, 2012 

Geographic data for Private Nonresidential Construction (1993-2011) are available. Go to the Private Construction menu on our website.

July 1, 2012 

In the May 2012 press release, normal revisions to the unadjusted and seasonally adjusted data were made back to January 2010.

September 1, 2011

New Length of Time data for Private Nonresidential, Private Multifamily and State and Local Construction are available. Go to the Related Studies menu on our website.

August 1, 2011

Geographic data for Private Nonresidential Construction (1993-2010) are available.

July 1, 2011

In the May 2011 press release, normal revisions to the unadjusted and seasonally adjusted data will revise back to January 2009. 

September 1, 2010

New Length of Time data for Private Nonresidential, Private Multifamily and State and Local Construction are available. Go to the Related Studies menu on our website.

August 2, 2010

Geographic data for Private Nonresidential Construction (1993-2009) are available. Go to the Private Construction menu on our website.

July 1, 2010

In the May 2010 press release, revisions to unadjusted and seasonally adjusted data will revise back to January 2004 to incorporate and benchmark to the 2008 detailed structures data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Annual Capital Expenditures Survey.

September 1, 2009 

New Length of Time data for Private Nonresidential, Private Multifamily and State and Local Construction are available. Go to the Related Studies menu on our website.

August 3, 2009 

Geographic data for Private Nonresidential Construction (1993-2008) are available. Go to the Private Construction menu on our website.

July 1, 2009 

In the May 2009 press release, normal revisions to the unadjusted and seasonally adjusted data were made back to January 2007.

September 1, 2008 

New Length of Time data for Private Nonresidential, Private Multifamily and State and Local Construction are available. Go to the Related Studies menu on our website. 

August 1, 2008

Geographic data for Private Nonresidential Construction (1993-2007) are available. Go to the Private Construction menu on our website. 

July 1, 2008 

Effective with this May 2008 press release, expenditures on private residential improvements to rental, vacant, and seasonal properties are not included in the construction spending data. To allow comparable time series analysis, these expenditures have been removed from our historic data back to January 1993. (see tables) The construction spending estimate will continue to include expenditures on residential improvements to owner-occupied structures. In addition, seasonally adjusted federal construction revised back to 1996.

September 4, 2007

New Length of Time data for Private Nonresidential, Private Multifamily and State and Local Construction are available under the Related Studies link. 

July 31, 2007

Geographic data for Private Nonresidential Construction (1993 – 2006) are available. Go to the Private Construction menu on our website.

June 29, 2007 

In the May 2007 press release, Total, Public, and State & local construction categories revised back to January 1993 due to a change in methodology. Private communications revised back to January 2003; private gas pipelines and farm nonresidential revised back to January 2004; and all other categories revised back to January 2005.

October 2, 2006

Beginning with the December 2006 release on January 31, 2007, the Construction Spending press release will be released on the last workday of the month. Go to the Press Release menu on our website for a complete 2007 schedule.

September 1, 2006

New Length of Time data for Private Nonresidential, Private Multifamily and State and Local Construction are available under the Related Studies link.

August 1, 2006

Geographic data for Private Nonresidential Construction (1993 - 2005) are available. Go to the Private Construction menu on our website. 

July 3, 2006

In the May 2006 press release, normal revisions to the unadjusted and seasonally adjusted data were made back to January 2003.

March 30, 2006 

New Length of Time data for Private Nonresidential, Private Multifamily and State and Local Construction
are available. Go to the Related Studies menu on our website.

September 1, 2005 

Effective with this release, four published series, Total Construction, Total Residential, Total Private, and Total Private
Residential, have been revised back to January 2004. The underlying cause for these revisions is in the unpublished
category of Private Residential Improvements.

August 1, 2005 

Geographic data for Private Nonresidential Construction (1993-2004) are available. Go to the Private Construction
Historic menu on our website.

July 1, 2005 

In this May 2005 press release, revisions to unadjusted and seasonally adjusted data were made back to January 1998 to
incorporate and benchmark to the 2003 detailed structures data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Annual Capital
Expenditures Survey.

July 1, 2004 

In this May 2004 press release, normal revisions to unadjusted and seasonally adjusted data were made back to May 2000.

August 4, 2003 

This is the first release of construction spending data in a new and improved format. Also, the constant (1996 dollars) series has been discontinued. 

July 1, 2003

Beginning in 1993, the Construction Expenditures Branch of the Manufacturing and Construction Division began collecting "Value of Construction Put in Place" data for private nonresidential and state and local government projects using a new classification system. This new system allows the classification of construction with one generalized coding scheme which bases project types on their end usage instead of building/nonbuilding types. Data collection for federal construction at the detailed project level began in January 2002.

With the changes in project classifications, data now presented are not directly comparable with those data previously published in the regular-format press releases and tables. Direct comparisons can only be made at the total, total private, total state and local, total federal, and total public levels for annual and not seasonally adjusted monthly data. Although some categories (lodging, office, educational, religious) seem identical to previously published data, there have been changes within the classifications that make these values incomparable. For example, private medical office buildings were classified as "office" buildings previously, but under the new classification these buildings are in "health care."

In addition, seasonally adjusted estimates in the new tables are not, in general, equal to the previously published seasonally adjusted estimates at any level of aggregation because: 1) the seasonal adjustment models, parameters, and factors for the two sets of estimates were developed from data covering different time spans, and 2) seasonal adjustment factors were derived directly for the previously published type of construction (TC) categories, but the factors for some new TC categories were derived indirectly from sub-category level seasonal adjustment. Both the previous and new TC seasonally adjusted series are valid. The previous TC series ended with May 2003 estimates and only the new TC series, estimated back to 1993, continue.

This new classification system can be compared to the previous system by the following link.


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Construction Spending Survey | (301) 763-1605  Last Revised: December 02, 2013