Nonresidential glass and glazing-related construction increased again in August. The gains were at a slightly lower level than overall nonresidential construction, according to a Key Media & Research (KMR) analysis of the Census Bureau’s latest construction spending report.

The value of nonresidential glass and glazing work increased 0.6 percent from July to August and 6.4 percent from August 2017 to August 2018 on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, KMR projects.

Overall nonresidential construction increased 0.7 percent for the month and 8.4 percent year-over-year. Residential construction declined 0.7 percent month-over-month, but increased 4.1 percent from the same time last year.

The office sector had a particularly strong showing in August, increasing in value of construction by 1.9 percent for the month and 14.3 percent for the year. Lodging was also robust with 2.1- and 10.6-percent bumps on a monthly and yearly basis, respectively.

The stable construction spending report was followed by healthy construction employment numbers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nonresidential specialty trades contractors sector increased employment by 4.6 percent from September 2017 to September 2018. Employment in that group, which includes glaziers, ironworkers and building exterior contractors, increased 0.4 percent from August to September.

Also according to the BLS report, hourly earnings in construction are up 3.1 percent from a year earlier.