WASHINGTON — Construction spending rose 1.4% to a seasonally adjusted estimated annual rate of $872.1 billion in October, the Commerce Department reported Monday.

The October rate increased from a revised September level of $860.4 billion, originally reported as $851.6 billion, and was 9.6% above the October 2011 $795.7 billion. The October 2012 rate represents the highest spending rate since an $880.3 billion mark in September 2009.

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