According to a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce, construction spending in the United States declined 0.4% month-over-month in April.

The result surprised economists, who had projected a decline of 0.6% following March's 1.1% decline.

Residential construction fell by 2.1%, a smaller decline than March's 3.0% decrease, while non-residential construction gained 0.7% after rising 1.1% in the previous month.

The report also noted a 0.5% pull back in private construction and a 0.3% drop in public building. In March, both came in at -1.1% and +1.0% respectively.

By Steve Stecyk and edited by Cristina Markham