Billings Stalled in October

November 19, 2020

Pace of Decline Relatively Flat

The Architecture Billings Index score for October was 47.5, gaining just half a point from the September reading.

“Though still in negative territory, the moderating billings score along with the rebound in design contracts and inquiries provide some guarded optimism,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA.

In October the project inquiries index was 59.1, up from 57.2 the previous month. The design contracts index was 51.7, up from 48.9.

Regional averages all made gains in October.

September October
West 45.6 50.4
South 43.7 45.8
Midwest 45.6 49.4
Northeast 41.5 44.9

Baker added, “The pace of recovery will continue to vary across regions and sectors.”