FMI’s 2021 Fourth Quarter Outlook

In their latest forecast report, the experts at FMI share their comprehensive economic assessment for the U.S. and Canadian engineering and construction industry.

As we head into the final days of 2021 and the beginning of 2022, FMI has released their latest report that details construction spending put in place estimates and forecasts for North America, and additionally gives details about spending for different regions and construction segments.

Download FMI’s 2021 Fourth Quarter North American Engineering and Construction Outlook, and get more information on the key takeaways listed below: 

  • Total engineering and construction spending for the U.S. is forecast to end 2021 up 3%, compared to up 6% in 2020.
  • Strong growth across the residential sector, especially within single-family and improvements, will continue to uphold industry spending levels in 2021. No segments within nonresidential building or nonbuilding structures are expected to realize spending growth exceeding 4% this year.
  • Commercial, health care, manufacturing, sewage and waste disposal, and water supply are all expected to end the year with low growth, between 0% and 4%. While these low growth rates are considered stable, they are now meeting or slightly below anticipated inflationary levels for 2021.
  • The latest Nonresidential Construction Index (NRCI) feedback suggests ongoing, albeit challenged, optimism heading into the fourth quarter of 2021, at 53.8, down from 59.7 in the quarter prior. The NRCI reflects short-term weakening economic and industry sentiment but remains expansionary and suggests increased opportunities ahead.

Go more in-depth by reading the full report published by FMI.