Q3 2018 Economic Indicators

Executive Summary

The labor shortage over the past years has caused wages to escalate. According to a report by Zillo Research, at the start of 2017, wages for construction-industry workers were growing slightly slower than wages for other workers – around 2.5% per year. But they are now growing 3.8% per year. This is happening for both skilled laborers and salaried positions. Anirban Basu, ABC’s Chief Economist, states in a Nov. 1 construction employment news release, “one potential cause for concern is growing evidence that wages have begun to rise much more rapidly of late. That, along with other sources of inflation, can be expected to push interest rates higher, which in turn would ultimately translate into more expensive financing for construction projects and fewer construction starts. But for now, it is all systems go for the U.S. nonresidential construction industry.” We’ll be keeping a close eye on how this might impact the industry.