Metro Kansas City saw $222.8 million in building activity in January, down 1 percent from a year ago.
McGraw Hill reported that non-residential construction contracts had improved by 58 percent over January 2013, to $144.6 million, while residential activity was down 41 percent from a year ago, to a total of $78.2 million.
But McGraw Hill’s residential number for January differed from what local homebuilders reported for the month. The Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City reported a sharp increase in housing permits issued from a year ago.
Bob Murray, a senior researcher for McGraw Hill, said the difference between the national and local reports on residential construction activity for January could be caused by the limited information available from one month.