The construction outlook is more optimistic in the Upstate than the Lowcountry, according to the latest construction barometer released by Carolinas Associated General Contractors.

The report showed a 1% uptick overall in North Carolina and South Carolina for the third quarter, despite the disappearance of federal stimulus spending, particularly in the highway and utility segment.

In the Upstate, the barometer increased 2.7 percent while it fell 3.4 percent in the Lowcountry.

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