In May, the American Institute of Architects’ Architecture Billings Index marked a return to growth in the demand for U.S. architectural design services.
April saw the first dip into negative territory for the index in nine months, which appears for now to have been an outlier.
With a national score of 52.9, up more than four full points from March’s score of 48.6, the architecture industry saw a significant reversal of fortune.
Only the commercial sector seems to be lagging.
The BLS reported 175,000 jobs added to the economy in May, which was slightly better than expected, with the architectural and engineering services sector of the economy adding a sizable 4,900 jobs in May.
This was the best result in all of 2013, almost twice the 2,700 architectural and engineering services jobs initially reported by the BLS in April. And prior to April, the industry had seen average growth of more than 2,000 jobs per month during each month except January.