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Construction Spending

A government report, released monthly by the U.S. Department of Commerce, that breaks down new construction spending into residential, non-residential, and public elements. Though the report is rated near the bottom as far as relative economic importance is concerned, it does deserve consideration, as construction spending represents roughly 20 percent of the country's gross domestic product. Construction spending is also a leading indicator when it comes to foreshadowing recessions.