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5 graphs that illustrate construction’s challenging year

November 18, 2021


Over the past year, supply chain snarls and pandemic-related uncertainty have continued to affect the construction industry, leading to high materials costs, delays and difficulty finding skilled labor. It’s not all bad news though: some costs remained relatively flat, the impact of COVID-19 is easing in much of the U.S. and passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) will infuse federal money for a variety of projects.

The following graphs illustrate some of the challenges contractors have faced, and break down the machinations behind key pain points. All data displayed is from Sept. 2020-Sept. 2021, unless otherwise specified.

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