Construction Spending Still Stuck in the Mud

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Builders cut back on spending by the largest amount in six months in July with sharp reductions in outlays for government building projects.

Construction spending fell 1.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $789.5 billion, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. That is 3.5 percent above an 11-year low hit in March, but it is still only about half the $1.5 trillion that economists view as a healthy level for construction. Economists believe that it could take four years before construction activity returns to more normal levels.