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In March, total construction starts rose 2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $825.3 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.

Nonresidential building starts fueled the March gains. Residential starts saw a tiny amount of growth, while nonbuilding starts fell. Starts rose in the West, South Central and Northeast regions while failing in the Midwest and South Atlantic regions. After hitting 172 (2000=100) in February, The Dodge Index rose 2% in March to 175.

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