WASHINGTON - Construction spending climbed 0.9% to a seasonally adjusted estimated annual rate of $830.0 billion in May, the Commerce Department reported Monday.

The May rate rose from the revised April estimate of $822.5 billion, originally reported as $820.7 billion. The May figure was 7.0% above the May 2011 estimate of $775.8 billion, and was the largest since it was $832.6 billion in December 2009.

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