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US construction spending up 0.6 percent in July

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER
AP Economics Writer

A crew with Pipping Concrete, Inc., Brandon, remove forms after a concrete pour on one of two 980,000-gallon tanks that make up the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh/Rosendale Dairy Farm bio digester at Friday, July 26 in the town of Pickett The bio digester will use livestock manure from the adjacent Rosendale farm to produce energy and provide a laboratory experience for students from the college. MSI General Corp, Oconomowoc, is the construction manager on the project which is slated to be done by the end of the year. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

A crew with Pipping Concrete Inc., Brandon, removes forms after a concrete pour on one of two 980,000-gallon tanks that make up the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh/Rosendale Dairy Farm biodigester on July 26 in the town of Pickett. Construction spending was up 0.6 percent in July over the previous year. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Spending on U.S. construction projects rose in July, led by strong gains in housing and nonresidential projects.

The Commerce Department reported Tuesday construction spending increased 0.6 percent in July compared with June when activity was unchanged. The June performance represented an upward revision from an initial estimate that spending had fallen 0.6 percent. Total construction activity rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $900.8 billion in July, the strongest performance since June 2009.

The July gain reflected a 0.6 percent rise in housing construction with both single-family and apartment construction posting gains. In June, housing had fallen 0.9 percent.

Government projects fell 0.3 percent in July with state and local spending down 0.4 percent. That drop offset a 1.1 percent rise in the smaller federal category.

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