Construction spending in May was an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.14 trillion, 0.8% below the revised April estimate, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce.
From April to May, private construction spending declined 0.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $859.3 billion and public construction spending dropped 2.3% to a rate of $284.0 billion. Religious construction was hit hardest over the last month, with spending dropping more than 10 percent. Sewage and waste disposal, transportation, and educational sectors also experienced dips in spending.
Even with the reductions, construction spending is stronger than it was a year ago. The $1.14 trillion spending rate is 2.8 percent higher than the May 2015 estimate of $1.11 trillion. For the first five months of 2016, $438.5 billion has been spent on construction, an 8.2 percent rise above the 405.4 billion spend during the from January to May last year.