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AGC's Data DIGest: April 14-20, 2020

Beige Book, starts data, airport consultants survey point to plunge in new construction

Evidence is mounting rapidly as to the damage from the pandemic to the economy and construction. “Economic activity contracted sharply and abruptly across all regions in the United States as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Federal Reserve reported on Wednesday in the latest “Beige Book,” a summary of informal surveys of businesses in the 12 Fed districts from late February to April 5. [node:read-more:link]


AGC's Data DIGest: April 1-6, 2020

AGC survey respondents report growing delays, layoffs; employment falls in March

Once again last week, contractors reported more widespread impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on construction. AGC’s third weekly online survey, conducted March 30-April 2, drew 1296 respondents, of whom 55% (up from 39% in the March 23-26 survey) reported that an owner (including a public owner regarding its own projects) had directed them to delay or cancel construction on a current project or one expected to start in the next 30 days. [node:read-more:link]


AGC's Data DIGest: March 24-31, 2020

Pandemic causes delays for 39% of respondents in AGC survey; architects report declines
The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on construction continue to increase. AGC’s second survey, conducted March 23-26, drew 1,640 respondents, of whom 39% answered “yes” to the question: “Did an owner direct you to halt or cancel construction on their own current project or one expected to start in the next 30 days?”

AGC's Data DIGest: March 17-23, 2020

Project delays hit 28% of respondents in AGC survey; pre-pandemic reports are mixed
A growing number of contractors have reported impacts on building projects and products from the coronavirus outbreak. An online survey AGC conducted March 17-19 drew 909 respondents, of whom 28% answered “yes” to the question: “Has any owner, government agency or official directed you to halt or delay work on any projects that are either active or expected to start within the next 30 days?”

AGC's Data DIGest: March 9-16, 2020

Coronavirus impacts begin to affect projects; 32 states add jobs through January

Contractors and others are beginning to report diverse impacts on building projects and products from the coronavirus outbreak. Boston’s mayor, Martin Walsh, ordered construction sites in the city to shut down but also was reportedly preparing to order more construction of medical facilities.  [node:read-more:link]