Posted May 19, 2020

Construction to contract

COVID-19 will cause North America construction output to fall by $122.4 billion in 2020, reports GlobalData sources.

Amid the rapid decline in demand for new projects and safety regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, construction output in North America is now anticipated to fall by 6.6 percent in 2020, which is equivalent to $122.4 billion and down sharply from the previously expected rise of 0.6 ercent prior to the outbreak, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

 “Canada is projected to see the steepest decline in output (7 percent) owed in part to the collapse in global oil prices, while construction output in the US is projected to decrease by 6.5 percent,” says Dariana Tani, economist at GlobalData.

“Even though in most parts of the United States and Canada, all construction sites are allowed to carry on with their operations, an increasing number of projects in the bidding or final planning stages are being delayed or cancelled due to the uncertainty surrounding the economy as well as concerns that construction workers are being exposed to the virus.

“Moreover, the closure of businesses across the region thanks to the enforced stay-at-home measures and the resulting surge in unemployment levels could see real GDP plunging by as much as 6.2 percent in Canada and 5 percent in the US this year.”

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