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Construction Industry to Remain Flat in 2012, Says McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge Outlook Report

Housing and commercial building construction starts may improve, but will be offset by weakness in the public works and institutional building sectors

Washington, D.C. — October 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — McGraw-Hill Construction, part of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), today released its 2012 Dodge Construction Outlook, a mainstay in construction industry forecasting and business planning, which predicts that overall U.S. construction starts for next year will remain essentially flat. The level of construction starts in 2012 is expected to be $412 billion, following the 4% decline to $410 billion predicted for 2011.

To watch a video about the forecast featuring Robert Murray, McGraw-Hill Construction’s Vice President of Economic Affairs, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/McGrawHillConstructn.

“The construction industry has struggled to see recovery take hold over the past couple of years. After plunging 24% in 2009, new construction starts leveled off in 2010 and have hovered within a set range during 2011,” said Robert Murray, Vice President of Economic Affairs, McGraw-Hill Construction. “The backdrop for the construction industry is the fragile U.S. economy, which continues to see slow employment growth, diminished funding from federal and state governments, and pervasive uncertainty. In 2012, the top-line numbers are not expected to show much change, but there will be variation within the major construction sectors, with some gains predicted for housing and commercial building assuming the U.S. economy avoids recession.”

Based on significant research and in-depth analysis of macro-trends, the 2012 Dodge Construction Outlook details the forecasts for each construction sector, as follows.

The 2012 Dodge Construction Outlook was presented at McGraw-Hill Construction’s 73rd annual Outlook Executive Conference in Washington, D.C., where the construction industry’s best minds and most experienced players discussed the economic outlook and latest industry trends. Outlook is the definitive event for construction professionals to prepare for the year ahead. In addition to Robert Murray’s Dodge Construction Outlook presentation, industry experts delivered forecasts for residential building, building materials, labor costs, and the economy as a whole, shedding light on these crucial sectors.

Copies of the report can be ordered at http://analyticsstore.construction.com/dodge-2012-construction-outlook.html. Additional reports and projections are available from McGraw-Hill Construction Research and Analytics, http://construction.com/market_research. Find us on LinkedIn at http://linkd.in/9qoQ8o, follow @MHConstruction or #Outlook12 for news from the event, and check out future McGraw-Hill Construction events at http://construction.com/events.

The Outlook 2012 Executive Conference is produced by McGraw-Hill Construction. The platinum sponsor is the American Institute of Steel Construction. Gold sponsors include CMiC, Hill International, and United Rentals. The Associated General Contractors of America, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Astadia are silver sponsors. Supporting sponsors include the American Subcontractors Association, the Construction Specifications Institute, and the Society for Marketing Professional Services.

About McGraw-Hill Construction:
McGraw-Hill Construction connects people, projects and products across the construction industry. For more than a century, it has remained North America’s leading provider of project and product information, plans and specifications, and industry news, trends and forecasts. McGraw-Hill Construction serves more than one million customers in the global construction industry through Dodge, Sweets, Architectural Record, Engineering News-Record, GreenSource, and SNAP. To learn more, visit www.construction.com or follow @mhconstruction on Twitter.

About The McGraw-Hill Companies:
Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies is a leading global financial information and education company that helps professionals and students succeed in the knowledge economy. With leading brands including Standard and Poor’s, McGraw-Hill Education, Platts energy information services and J.D. Power and Associates, the Corporation has approximately 21,000 employees with more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Sales in 2010 were $6.2 billion. Additional information is available at http://www.mcgraw-hill.com.

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Economist Robert Murray forecasts overall U.S. construction starts for 2012 to remain essentially flat at $412 billion. Source: McGraw-Hill Construction
Economist Robert Murray forecasts overall U.S. construction starts for 2012 to remain essentially flat at $412 billion. Source: McGraw-Hill Construction
Overall U.S. construction starts for 2012 are forecast to remain essentially flat at $412 billion. Source: McGraw-Hill Construction
Overall U.S. construction starts for 2012 are forecast to remain essentially flat at $412 billion. Source: McGraw-Hill Construction
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