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Local construction backlog drops 44%

San Diego County’s construction backlog as a whole is down when compared to last year, but the residential sector is showing signs of growth, according to data released by McGraw-Hill Construction on Thursday.

When comparing November 2012 with November 2011, contracts for future construction projects are down 44 percent in the residential and nonresidential sectors.

There was $167 million in total backlog in the county in November. Last year at this time there was $298 million.

Nonresidential construction was down 73 percent in November with almost $50 million in future contracts, compared to $182 million 12 months ago.

But the residential sector actually saw a 1 percent increase in total backlog with $117 million on the books. Last year there was about $116 million in backlog.

Statewide, total future contracts for residential, nonresidential and non-building construction was down 40 percent, collectively. There was $2 billion in total backlog in November, compared to $3.7 billion for the same period last year.

Statewide backlog for nonresidential construction projects stood at $499 million last month, down from $903 million a year ago, a 45 percent drop.

Residential projects last month were $866 million, down 8 percent from November 2011.

Non-building construction dropped 54 percent from last year. There was $851 million in backlog this November, compared to $1.865 billion in November 2011. Non-building construction includes roads and freeways, bridges, dams and reservoirs, river and harbor developments, sewage and water supply systems, missile and space facilities, airports, utilities and communication systems projects.

Residential buildings include one- and two-family houses and apartments. Nonresidential buildings include commercial, manufacturing, educational, religious, administrative, recreational, hotel, dormitory and other buildings.

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