LOS ANGELES and DALLAS (Feb. 8, 2021) — Despite tumultuous conditions and fluctuating markets in 2020 amid the pandemic, AECOM and Jacobs have both reported profits. AECOM recently reported 3.31 billion in revenue for its first fiscal quarter — a 2.4% rise over its previous year. The firm still expects its income to be flat in 2021 due to a backlog drop of 3.5% from the fourth quarter of 2020.

ATLANTA (Feb. 11, 2021) — Contracting giant Skanska Group released its 2020 earnings last week, reporting a record high in profits for 2020, even during a pandemic and despite the fact that its Q4 construction revenue was significantly down. Here's what you need to know:

NEW JERSEY (Feb. 5, 2021) — The Dodge Momentum Index increased 3.1% in January to 139.4 from the revised December reading of 135.2. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year.

NATIONAL — On Friday, the United States Congress approved a budget resolution that would pave the way for President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion relief plan to pass—with some key adjustments. The Senate voted to approve early that morning in an even vote in which Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote. 

WASHINGTON (Jan. 24, 2021) — This week, the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg was sworn in as transportation secretary by the United States Senate. In a video he tweeted following his confirmation, Buttigieg noted the work to be done in the transportation sector, but said he was optimistic about the future. 

WASHINGTON (Feb. 1, 2021)—National nonresidential construction spending declined 0.8% in December 2020, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the United States Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, nonresidential spending totaled $790.2 billion for the month, 4.8% lower than in December 2019 but 3.8% higher than in December 2018.

WASHINGTON (Jan. 28, 2021)—The United States economy expanded at an annualized 4.0% rate in the fourth quarter of 2020 as the nation’s recovery from last spring’s economic devastation continued. Nonresidential investment in structures increased at a 3.0% annualized rate in the fourth quarter.

The 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, has been in office for less than a week, and he has already made several key changes—including signing 15 executive orders on his first day in the White House. Here's a quick recap of changes that affect the construction industry:

This week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released his fiscal year 2022 spending plan, which included $306 billion in funding for infrastructure and construction projects in the state over the next year. Cuomo referred to the sizable plan as the "largest in the nation." Here's the high points of that particular section in the funding package: 

Need a quick recap of what leading associations are reporting in terms of construction stats? We've got you. Read a summary of what three industry organizations are reporting in construction activity from December 2020 below, and click the links at the end of each section for an extended version of each news item. 

WASHINGTON (Jan. 15, 2021)—Construction input prices increased 1.8% in December 2020 compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data. Nonresidential construction input prices rose 2.1% for the month.

NEW JERSEY (January 19, 2021)—Total construction starts lost 5% in December, falling to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $784.3 billion. Nonresidential building starts fell 11% during the month, while nonbuilding starts were 5% lower. Residential starts were essentially flat over the month. Starts were lower in three of the four regions in December; the South Central region was the only one to post an increase.

WASHINGTON (Jan. 20, 2021)—Demand for design services from United States architecture firms took a pointed dip last month, according to a new report from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

NATIONAL—Last week, President-elect Joe Biden announced a $1.9 trillion stimulus plan—the American Rescue Plan—which aims to sustain United States citizens and businesses until vaccines are widely distributed across the country.