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Striving for Cautious Optimism

Home remodeling, nonresidential construction and infrastructure spending are bright spots for 2019.

Overall, the U.S. economic picture was solid in 2018, with the unemployment rate steady at 3.7 percent and available jobs up — 7.1 million as of Oct. 31. Closer to home, as of November, the construction industry added an average of 27,000 jobs each month over the prior year.

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