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Construction Activity Index

How a global crisis is changing American construction.

We're now past the six month mark since COVID-19 spread to the US. Though most states initially imposed restrictions, recent signs point towards reopening and recovery. Here's what the data tells us as we look to the future.

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Section 1

COVID SIP & Reopening

Map of States re-opening
How States Are Opening and Closing

As fall and winter approaches, states are on high alert for any possible rise in new cases. Likewise, Procore will monitor construction activity to see how the industry is responding to any potential obstacle on the road to recovery.
SOURCE: The New York Times

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March 15
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April 5
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United States of Sheltering in Place

The data reflects what we know to be true. By March 22, the majority of the country had instituted some kind of Shelter in Place (SIP) order. 
SOURCE: The New York Times

Section 2

The Numbers Behind Our New Normal

We looked at activity within Procore to compare pre-outbreak logged hours vs. post-outbreak logged hours. This data helped form a narrative of how COVID-19 is impacting construction workers.

We used an aggregated data subset of logged hours as of February 2 - four weeks prior to any Shelter in Place order. 
Source: Procore application daily log, data subject to change as customers update data

American Construction worker hours map

Early SIP orders had the largest impact on worker hours through March, April and into May. Over the summer, those numbers began to bounce back, exceeding benchmarks set during late February and early March—prior to the majority of restrictions.
Source: Procore application daily log, data subject to change as customers update data

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Section 3

The Hours: State by State

When we look at worker hours week-over-week, a story emerges from the data. While each state is impacted differently, many states saw the largest reduction in early April.

U.S. Construction Activity for September
Worker Hour Change: Month of September vs. Week of March 1st

Source: Procore application daily log, data subject to change as customers update data

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August
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March
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Section 4

Big and Small Impacts

American Construction activity company size map

The global pandemic means both big and small businesses are navigating uncharted waters. However, we wanted to find out who was most impacted by the reduction in workers' hours.

All sectors seem to be climbing back to pre-COVID worker hours. Small businesses saw more workers' hours decrease than enterprise companies in March, April and early May. While medium-sized businesses experienced a similar week-over-week decline to larger operations, small business worker hours were hit the hardest in early SIP.

Today, the data shows us that small businesses are still slightly more affected than medium or large businesses. However, the upward trends in small businesses continue to follow that of the medium and large businesses.
SOURCE: Company size based on annual construction volume, small = <$20M, medium = $20-200M and large = >$200M

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Section 5

Pandemic Priorities

American Construction activity map

Defining who is most affected is only part of the story. Project type is another critical factor we examined to determine what infrastructure is still being built—and what isn't.
SOURCE: Procore application daily log, data subject to change as customers update data

American Construction activity map by sector
Infrastructure Industries

First, we looked at non-infrastructure projects vs. infrastructure projects. Our goal was to see if the specific portions of the industry were responding differently. 

In early SIP Orders, Healthcare projects experienced significantly less activity reduction than other sectors, as well as less than other non-infrastructure projects. However, that narrative seems to be shifting as there appears to be a large decline in Heathcare worker hours. 

Energy, on the other hand, appeared to have a large decline in late April but looks to be not only recovering, but seeing somewhat of an acceleration in work well beyond the March benchmark.  

Transportation has been consistently down throughout the pandemic, more than most infrastructure sectors, but these declines appear to more closely follow the trajectory of non-infrastructure projects.
Source: Procore application daily log, data subject to change as customers update data

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