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Signals and Signposts

The current and future economy, trends in design and construction, political influence – sometimes we have something to say about topics which may be signs of things to come.

Construction employment, not seasonally adjusted, increased from July 2020 to July 2021 in 268 (75%) of the 358 metro areas (including divisions of larger metros) for which the...
The coronavirus pandemic infused unprecedented levels of uncertainty into our economy. These changes are going to affect each organization differently, but one thing is...
Seasonally adjusted construction employment in July trailed the February 2020 level in 36 states, exceeded it in 14 states, and was unchanged in the District of Columbia,...
The cost of ocean freight from Asia to the US West Coast has skyrocketed over 500% in the last year, greatly contributing to recent increases in the costs of many materials and...
Input PPIs soar in year ending in July; steel prices, lead times rise again, while lumber plunges.
Construction input prices rose 0.6% in July, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index data released...
 While the economy has continued its forward progress through the summer, the Dodge Momentum Index has regressed somewhat as higher material prices and shortages of skilled...
Steel remains problematic. Steel Market Update reported on Tuesday that hot-rolled coil averaged $1860, more than four times the August 2020 low point of $440....
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