WASHINGTON — Construction spending increased 0.4% in November, the Commerce Department said Monday.

Private construction increased 0.3% for the month, the third consecutive monthly rise. Private residential construction increased 0.7% as nonresidential construction slipped 0.1%.

Economists expected total construction spending would increase 0.2%, according to the median estimate from Thomson Reuters.

October’s total construction spending was unrevised at a 0.7% increase. But private construction was revised higher to a 1.4% gain from the 0.8% rise previously reported.

Public construction increased 0.7% in November as federal construction jumped 8.2%.

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