WASHINGTON — Construction spending remained steady in April, at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $855.2 billion, nearly the same as the revised March estimate of $852.9 billion, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Census Bureau announced Friday.

The April figure is 5% higher than in the year earlier; $247.3 billion of construction was done during the first four months of this year, also 5% more than in the year earlier.

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