The value of contracts for future construction in the metropolitan area rose 51 percent last month compared with a year ago on higher residential activity.

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Dodge Data & Analytics, an industry information service, reported Thursday that contracts worth $5.7 billion for all future building were awarded in April in the 23-county region that includes Long Island, up from $2.8 billion in April 2014.

Nonresidential contracts, for commercial properties such as offices, hotels, factories and warehouses, totaled $2.8 billion last month, up 61 percent year over year. Residential contracts rose 72 percent to $2.9 billion.