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August Construction Enjoys 0.8% Increase Over July But Still Down 11.6% Year-to-Year

The U.S. Census Bureau reported that construction spending during August 2009 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $941.9 billion, 0.8 percent above the revised July estimate of $934.6 billion. The August figure is 11.6 percent below the August 2008 estimate of $1,066.1 billion. During the first eight months of this year, construction spending amounted to $629.5 billion, 11.9 percent below the $714.3 billion for the same period in 2008.

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