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US construction spending increases solid 0.9% in November

Construction workers clear out debris on Oct. 29 following a demolition project in New York's, Times Square. U.S. construction spending rose 0.3% in September, showing the fourth straight monthly gain. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Construction workers clear out debris on Oct. 29 following a demolition project in New York’s, Times Square. U.S. construction spending rose 0.3% in September, showing the fourth straight monthly gain. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER
AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on U.S. construction projects increased 0.9% in November as strength in home building offset weakness in other parts of the construction industry.

The November gain followed a bigger 1.6% rise in October and left construction spending up 4.4% through the first 11 months of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, according to the Commerce Department.

For November, spending on residential construction rose 2.7% with single-family construction surging 5.1 percent while apartment construction was flat, according to the new data released Monday. Record low mortgage rates have spurred strong demand for housing even as a global pandemic resulted in widespread lock downs for other parts of the economy.

Spending on non-residential projects fell 0.8% with spending for office buildings dropping a sharp 8.1%. Spending on government projects dipped 0.2% in November. Many state and local governments are facing severe budget constraints as a sharp recession has cut into tax revenues.

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