ABI Gains in September

October 21, 2020

Pace of Billings Decline Slows

The Architecture Billings Index score for September was 47.0, gaining 7 points after remaining at 40.0 from June through August.

“Despite the multi-family residential sector showing signs of improvement, overall business conditions are recovering at a disappointingly slow pace,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD.

In September the project inquiries index was 57.2, up from 51.6 the previous month. The design contracts index was 48.9, up from 46.0.

Regional averages all made gains in September.

August September
West 41.3 45.6
South 41.6 43.7
Midwest 41.7 45.6
Northeast 33.9 41.5

Baker added, “Other sectors may begin to stabilize in the coming months, but across the board improvement shouldn’t be expected until the economic impact of the pandemic subsides significantly.”