Construction spending is up by 5.6 percent for the first seven months of the year compared to the same period in 2015, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

“On balance, there is still strong demand for construction, especially for multifamily and private nonresidential structures, while homebuilding continues an uneven recovery,” says AGC chief economist Ken Simonson. “But public investment in infrastructure and educational construction has been tepid.”

Construction spending in July totaled $1.153 trillion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, essentially unchanged from the month before, Simonson says. He adds that the year-to-date increase of 5.6 percent for January through July 2016, compared with the same months of 2015, shows demand for construction continues to experience robust growth. Simonson notes that private nonresidential spending reached a record high for the third-straight month at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, while multifamily spending hovered just below the record set in March.

Private nonresidential construction spending increased 1.7 percent for the month and is up 8.6 percent year-to-date. Commercial construction increased by 1.2 percent in July and climbed 10.1 percent year-to-date. Private office construction soared 4.6 percent for the month and 27 percent year-to-date.

Private residential construction spending edged up by 0.3 percent between June and July 2016, and is up 6.6 percent year-to-date. Spending on multifamily residential construction dropped 0.6 percent for the month but remains up 22 percent year-to-date, while single-family spending fell 0.2 percent from June to July but is up 9 percent year-to-date.

Public construction spending declined 3.1 percent from a month before and is now up by only 0.2 percent for the first seven months of 2016 combined. Educational construction fell by 8.3 percent in July but gained 4.0 percent for the combined January-July period.