Construction starts up eight percent in August according to McGraw-Hill

McGraw-Hill Construction said construction starts in August advanced eight percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $424.7 billion. The gain followed a 10% decline in July, and continued the fluctuating pattern that's been present in recent months. The pickup for total construction in August was the result of greater activity for each of construction's three main sectors – nonresidential building, residential building, and nonbuilding construction. For the first eight months of 2011, total construction on an unadjusted basis was reported at $274.8 billion, down 6% from the same period a year ago, according to McGraw-Hill

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