PPI Introduces Regional Indexes for New Nonresidential Building Construction

With the release of Producer Price Index (PPI) data for November 2016 on December 14, 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) introduced two regionally-based PPI special index structures under industry data for new nonresidential building construction. (Geographical regions are based on U.S. Census Bureau Divisions (PDF).)

  • 236400 — New nonresidential building construction by contractor type and region
  • 236500 — New nonresidential building construction by region

Similar to the existing PPI for nonresidential building maintenance and repair (PPI industry code 2381MR), the new indexes are calculated by re-aggregating selected existing PPI pricing information for the following types of new nonresidential structures: warehouses, schools, office buildings, industrial buildings, and health care buildings.

For the 236400 index structure, the aggregation is first organized by contractor type (general, concrete, roofing, electrical, and plumbing/HVAC) and then by region (Northeast, South, Midwest, and West). This structure is intended for data users looking to obtain regional PPI data by contractor type. (See table 1.)

The 236500 index structure aggregates PPIs by contractor type for each region. These indexes are intended for data users interested in the overall price movement for new nonresidential building construction within a specific region. (See table 2.)

In addition, the topline indexes for both structures provide a national level PPI for new nonresidential building construction through the aggregation of their components.

PPI data for these indexes appear monthly in the PPI Detailed Report and historical data are available on the BLS website by clicking the Series ID links in the tables below or through PPI Industry Data under PPI databases. Data for these new indexes are available back to February 2014.

Table 1. New nonresidential building construction by contractor type and region
PPI Title Series ID Code

New nonresidential building construction by contractor type/region

PCU236400236400

General contractors

PCU2364002364001

General contractors, Northeast

PCU23640023640011

General contractors, South

PCU23640023640012

General contractors, Midwest

PCU23640023640013

General contractors, West

PCU23640023640014

Plumbing, heating, and air conditioning contractors

PCU236400236400221

Plumbing, heating, and air conditioning contractors, Northeast

PCU2364002364002211

Plumbing, heating, and air conditioning contractors, South

PCU2364002364002212

Plumbing, heating, and air conditioning contractors, Midwest

PCU2364002364002213

Plumbing, heating, and air conditioning contractors, West

PCU2364002364002214

Electrical contractors

PCU236400236400222

Electrical contractors, Northeast

PCU2364002364002221

Electrical contractors, South

PCU2364002364002222

Electrical contractors, Midwest

PCU2364002364002223

Electrical contractors, West

PCU2364002364002224

Roofing contractors

PCU236400236400223

Roofing contractors, Northeast

PCU2364002364002231

Roofing contractors, South

PCU2364002364002232

Roofing contractors, Midwest

PCU2364002364002233

Roofing contractors, West

PCU2364002364002234

Poured concrete foundation and structure contractors

PCU236400236400224

Poured concrete foundation and structure contractors, Northeast

PCU2364002364002241

Poured concrete foundation and structure contractors, South

PCU2364002364002242

Poured concrete foundation and structure contractors, Midwest

PCU2364002364002243

Poured concrete foundation and structure contractors, West

PCU2364002364002244


Table 2. New nonresidential building construction by region
PPI Title Series ID Code

New nonresidential building construction by region

PCU236500236500

New nonresidential building construction, Northeast

PCU2365002365001

New nonresidential building construction, South

PCU2365002365002

New nonresidential building construction, Midwest

PCU2365002365003

New nonresidential building construction, West

PCU2365002365004



For further information, contact Frank Congelio at congelio.frank@bls.gov or (202) 691-7712.


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Last Modified Date: December 14, 2016