Nonresidential construction is not faring as well; advance data for the second quarter of 2012 indicate an almost 4 percent drop on an annualized basis, in part because of a significant decline in publically funded infrastructure investment.On a positive note, Ms. Farrington pointed out that “commercial construction fared somewhat better, posting a second consecutive quarter of near 10 percent annualized growth.”
Ms. Farrington and Mr. Bachner concurred that a sustained turnaround will not likely occur before late 2013: Employment and income growth remain somewhat weak and forward-looking architecture billings are anemic.
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