Washingnton -- U.S. construction outlays rose 0.5 percent in September with gains in spending on residential projects, the U.S. Commerce Department said Monday.
As highway construction began winding down, money spent on private residential projects rose 1.8 percent from a month ago to $231.7 billion. Spending on private non-residential construction dropped 1.6 percent to $250.3 billion, Commerce said.
In total, construction rose to $801.7 billion compared to a revised August estimate of $797.5 billion.
Total spending for private and public projects was 10.4 percent below September 2009 when outlays reached $894.8 billion for buildings and highways.