U.S. construction spending up 0.3% in September

WASHINGTON — U.S. construction spending increased 0.3% in September as the biggest advance in government building activity in four months offset weakness in other areas.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the September gain followed a tiny 0.1% rise in August and declines in June and July.

Despite a slump in homebuilding this year, economists remain optimistic that the low level of unemployment will soon spark a rebound in sales and construction.

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