U.S. construction spending rose 0.8% in October from the month before, the fastest pace in more than four years, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Monday.
Overall construction spending rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $908.4 billion, largely boosted by a 3.9% surge in public spending.
Construction spending on public projects rose to an adjusted annual rate of $282.7 billion, up from $272.2 billion the month before.
Construction spending on residential projects, by comparison, declined 0.5% in October to $332.9 billion.
Monday's release showed that construction spending dropped 0.3% in September. Data for September and October were bundled together because the 16-day partial government shutdown delayed the release.
Since October 2012, overall construction spending has risen 5.3%.