Construction spending increases 0.3 percent in November

Led by residential, school and road building, construction spending rose a stronger-than-expected 0.3 percent in November, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

Construction spending grew to an $843.2 billion annual rate, while residential construction – at $421.1 billion – set a record of 1.069 million units. In addition to those gains, October’s 0.3 percent increase was revised to a 1 percent increase.

Commercial construction is still being held back by uncertain economic conditions, but public construction rose 1.5 percent in November to an annual pace of $207.9 billion. Spending for educational facilities, roads and highways led the increase.