Spending on U.S. construction projects fell in July for the second time in three months, as a drop in public projects overshadowed a surge in private home building.

The 0.2% drop, to $958 billion, followed a revised 0.1% gain the prior month, according to data released Tuesday by the Commerce Department. Spending by governments fell for the first time since January, while private housing projects rose 2.3%, the first gain in three months.

Subscribe Now

Access to authoritative analysis and perspective and our data-driven report series.

14-Day Free Trial

No credit card required. Complete access to articles, breaking news and industry data.