November contracts for future construction in Utah increased 48 percent over the same month a year ago, according to the F.W. Dodge Division of McGraw-Hill Information Systems Co.

George A. Christie, vice president and chief economist of Dodge, said November contracts for Utah totaled $98.3 million compared to $66.2 million a year ago.Contracts for non-residential construction totaled $27.5 million, a 23 percent increase over the $22.4 million total a year ago; residential contracts totaled $51.4 million, a 60 percent increase over the $32 million a year ago; and non-building contracts totaled $19.3 million, a 65 percent increase over the $11.7 million of a year ago.

For the first 11 months of 1988, contracts for future construction in Utah totaled $1.3 billion, a slight decrease from the same period a year ago. Nonresidential contract increased 5 percent from $454.5 million to $476.2 million; residential dropped 9 percent from $554 million to $502 million and non-building contracts increased 8 percent from $337.5 million to $364.4 million.

Christie said non-residential buildings include commercial, manufacturing, educational, religious, administrative, recreational and other buildings not designed for shelter. Residential buildings include houses, apartments, motels, dormitories and other buildings designed for shelter.

Non-building construction includes streets and highways, bridges, dams and reservoirs, river and harbor developments, sewage and water supply systems, missile and space facilities, airports, utilities and communication systems.