Severe weather discouraging for the construction industry


Although the economy is improving and there are positive prospects for the construction industry, the bad winter weather takes its toll.

Two months in a row now results are weaker in the field. In December 2013, the stats fell by 4.8%. In January 2014, it’s even worse – construction is down 16%. The most affected is the Midwest due to the severe weather there. February is not promising a big change in this respect.

Still, 2013 was the best year for the construction business since 2007. There were 976,000 units built, which is a 17.7% increase.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index is down to 46, which is below 50 and shows that the majority of construction businesses see the current situation as negative. 

The general prospects for 2014 are positive, though. The improvements in employment and the low mortgage rates are strong stimulators for construction.

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Eric is the Chief Marketing Officer of JW Surety Bonds. With years of experience in the surety industry, he is also a contributing author to the surety bond blog. He has held a range of different roles within the surety industry, from agent assistant to bond issuer, which gives him a unique insider perspective on surety related topics.

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