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Buildings and Construction: A steady flow of opportunities

Would you sign up today for 7% growth this year? That’s the rosy outlook for the construction sector, the analysts at Dodge Construction Network recently said. Within that figure are some large variations, though: Commercial and office construction will slip from 2023 levels while residential work looks set to do well after a rough period and the value of manufacturing projects is expected to pop a whopping 16%.

That’s not to say all frowns have been turned upside down. The biggest headache for businesses remains: Qualified workers are incredibly difficult to come by and the situation might be getting worse, with job openings in November clocking in at their highest level in more than a year. Every silver lining has a cloud, right?

Here’s a sample of recent outlook pieces (some of which require free registration) published by several of our brands:

Electrical MarketingDodge forecast calls for 7% increase in starts

HPAC Engineering‘On The Air’ podcast: The 2024 Forecast with Dodge’s Richard Branch

EC&MNo gangbusters growth but a steady flow of solid business opportunities

CONTRACTOROur 2024 economic forecast

i+sCortex’s sustainability report tells us what to expect for CRE in 2024

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