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Data released today showed that construction spending dropped 1.3% in June, after posting a 0.5% slide the prior month.  Analysts at Wells Fargo, point out that large declines in public works projects were behind most of the overall drop.  

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“Overall construction spending fell 1.3% in June, and spending in May now shows a slightly smaller 0.5% drop. Both public and private outlays fell during the month, but public construction fell 3.7%, the largest one-month drop since March 2002.”

“Spending for sewage and waste disposal has been a big growth area in public projects, with outlays up 17.7% over the past year. Many communities have paired these projects with greenways and parks, boosting amusement and recreation outlays.”

“Residential construction also appears to have been hindered by the rainy weather, with spending for single-family homes falling 0.7% in June and down 8.5% year-over-year.”