It's a half-full glass in the monthly Architectural Billing Index from the American Association of Architects.
The national index hit 55.2 in September, up from 53.0 in August. The other two indexes AIA reports, inquiries and new contracts are also up.
These data are a nine- to 12-month leading indicator of anticipated construction starts.
In the ABI, any number over 50 means a rising trend, under 50 is a drop from the previous month.
In the West region, which includes Arizona, the index in September dipped slightly to 54.2 from 54.4 in August, but the index for the region is in the fourth month of a rebound from declining trends from April and May.
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