Construction spending rose by 0.3% in September after a downward revision to August. Gains in the public sector helped to buoy those gains as crews scrambled to make repairs, most notably in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The increase in public sector spending was on the power grid, transportation and amusement and recreation, which all rose for the month. Contractors came from as far away as Canada to restore power in Florida following the outages created by Irma. Transfers from FEMA helped expedite repairs. The states hit hardest by Irma had the funds to match those dollars.