This Week: Construction spending, GM earns, nonfarm payrolls

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The Commerce Department serves up its monthly snapshot of construction spending Monday

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week:


Economists project that spending on construction projects increased nationally in June after falling the previous month.

They expect the Commerce Department will report Monday that spending on housing, nonresidential and government construction projects rose 0.5% in June. That would follow a drop of 0.3% in May. Growth in housing, the economy’s standout performer, slowed in May while activity in areas most directly impacted by the pandemic showed further weakness.

Construction spending, monthly percent change, seasonally adjusted:

Jan. 3.0

Feb. -1.1

March 1.0

April 0.1

May -0.3

June (est.) 0.5

Source: FactSet


General Motors delivers its second-quarter results Wednesday.

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Economists predict hiring in the U.S. slowed in July after accelerating the previous month.

They expect the Labor Department will report Friday that nonfarm employers added 750,000 jobs in July. That would be down from June, when employers added 850,000 jobs. Despite that burst of hiring, the nation’s unemployment rate edged higher to 5.9% in June from 5.8% in May. Even with the job market’s steady gains, unemployment remains well above the 3.5% rate that prevailed before the pandemic struck.

Nonfarm payrolls, monthly change, seasonally adjusted:

Feb. 536,000

March 785,000

April 269,000

May 583,000

June 850,000

July (est.) 750,000

Source: FactSet

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