Construction spending edged up slightly in November over the prior month, according to the U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce.

At a seasonally-adjusted annual rate, construction spending during November totaled about $810.2 billion, 0.4 percent above the revised October estimate of $806.7 billion.

However, the November 201 figure is 6.0 percent below the November 2009 estimate of $861.5 billion.

Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $491.8 billion, 0.3 percent above the revised October estimate of $490.5 billion.

Residential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $235.7 billion in November, 0.7 percent above the revised October estimate of $234.1 billion.

Nonresidential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $256.1 billion in November, 0.1 percent below the revised October estimate of $256.3 billion.

In November, the estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of public construction spending was $318.5 billion, 0.7 percent above the revised October estimate of $316.2 billion.