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Spending on U.S. construction projects was flat in October and revised data now indicate that spending has not risen since April, the government reported Tuesday.
The report suggests weaker growth in the third quarter than previously believed.
Overall, spending on construction projects barely changed in October, following a revised fall of 1.6% in September, the Commerce Department said. This was the biggest drop since January.
The revision was startling because September was previously estimated to be a gain of 0.8%.
There was also a big downward revision to August. Spending fell a revised 0.9% in August compared with the previous estimate of a slim 0.1% drop.
The four-week moving average, which smooths out week-to-week volatility, was 481,250, a decrease of 14,250 from the previous week's revised average of 495,000.
The four-week moving average has dipped below the half-million level since 2008 amid a combination of reduced layoffs and seasonal adjustment factors.
The number of Americans receiving unemployment benefits, however, increased.
The Labor Department data showed the number of seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending November 21 was 5.465 million, a rise of 28,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 5.437 million.
Labour's strategy for tackling poverty has reached the end of the road and Britain risks a return to Victorian levels of inequality, according to a major two-year study seen by The Independent.
With 20 per cent of the population still stuck in poverty, the report calls for sweeping reform of the tax and welfare systems under which higher earners would finance more generous, universal benefits. The £43,888-a-year ceiling on national insurance contributions (NICs) would be abolished, so people earning more would pay NICs at 11 per cent on all their income above that level, instead of the current 1 per cent.