Construction Stats Beginning to Reach Pre-COVID Stats

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Robison Wells

According to data collected by Procore and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), levels of production in the construction sector are returning to where they were before the coronavirus widespread outbreak in March.

As expected, the data shows that in states with lockdowns, shelter-in-place restrictions, or stay-at-home orders had significant decreases in productivity during the last four months, while those states with few or now restrictions had smaller decreases (though there were decreases in every state, even those least affected).

“The commercial construction industry has dealt with several tumultuous months,” said Kristopher Simonson, senior director of business development for Procore.

New York was the worst impacted. By April 5th, worker hours had dropped to 88% lower than pre-pandemic numbers. By May 31st, things were rebounding, but they were still down 43%. Seattle’s worst week was March 19th, at 71% drop, while San Francisco’s drop of 53% came on April 5th.

The AGC also released data from its most recent survey, which showed the following:

• 48% said they were directed to halt or cancel work by a project owner during the pandemic.

• COVID-19 was the most cited result for halting a project (33%) followed by an expectation of reduced demand (28%).

• Only 10% cited PPE shortages as a cause for current delays, down 40% from two months prior.

• 46% of respondents said there had been no change in worker headcounts onsite during the pandemic.

• 30% said they expected it to take more than six months for demand to return to normal.

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