Construction spending rose 5.8 percent in February from estimates last year to reach a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $808.9 billion.[IMAGE] [COLUMN_BREAK]
The ""Commerce Department"":http://www.commerce.gov/ found Tuesday that figures in February went above estimates from the same month last year but fell 1.1 percent below revised numbers from January.
Private construction expenditures grew to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $527.3 billion, roughly 0.8 percent below revised estimates of $531.7 billion from January.
Residential construction came close to estimates from January by floating to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $246.5 billion in February.
Nonresidential construction hovered at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $280.8 billion in February, or about 1.6 percent below revisions from earlier.