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ABC's Construction Economic Update covers the latest commercial and industrial construction economic news. Delivered electronically, it provides an analysis of the monthly economic indices released by the federal government, including construction spending, employment, the producer price index and the quarterly gross domestic product.  

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls in 13 of 16 Segments in April

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 1—Nonresidential construction spending fell 1.7 percent in April 2017, totaling $696.3 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). 
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Construction Input Prices Up in April, Led by Sharp Increases in Energy Prices

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 11—Construction input prices rose for a fifth consecutive month in April, increasing by 0.7 percent on a monthly basis and 4.3 percent on a year-over-year basis, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Nonresidential construction input prices behaved similarly, increasing by 0.7 percent on a monthly basis and 4.2 percent on a year-ago basis. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Job Growth Led by Nonresidential Sector, But Remains Tepid

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5—National construction employment remained largely unchanged for the second consecutive month, adding 5,000 net new jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in April, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Spending Loses Steam After Strong Start to Year

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 1—Nonresidential construction spending fell 1.2 percent in March, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Spending in the segment totaled $708.6 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, however the decline is less dramatic than it may be perceived to be given that February’s initial estimate of $701.6 billion was upwardly revised to $717 billion, making it the highest level or spending recorded in the data series. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Fixed Investment Surges Despite Sluggish Economic in First Quarter

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28—The U.S. economy’s performance slowed in the first quarter of 2017, but nonresidential fixed investment expanded at an impressive 9.4 percent seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Read the rest of entry »

Construction Input Prices Moderate in March, Energy Prices Down

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 13—Construction input prices rose for the fourth consecutive month in March, increasing by 0.3 percent on a monthly basis and 4.4 percent on a yearly basis, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Nonresidential construction input prices performed similarly, increasing by 0.4 percent for the month and 4.4 percent for the year. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Construction a Bright Spot in Disappointing Jobs Report, ABC Says

WASHINGTON, D.C. April 7—National construction employment remained largely unchanged in March, adding 6,000 net new jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The nonresidential construction sector added 13,300 net new jobs for the month, while the residential sector lost 7,600 net jobs. Read the rest of entry »

Public Nonresidential Construction Spending Rebounds; Overall Spending Unchanged in February

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 3—Nonresidential construction spending remained unchanged in February, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The segment totaled $701.9 billion on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate for the month, marking the seventh consecutive month in which nonresidential spending sat above the $700 billion threshold. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Input Prices Expand for Third Straight Month; Petroleum Prices Soar Year-over-Year

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 14—Construction input prices expanded 0.3 percent on a monthly basis and 4.8 percent on a year-over-year basis in February, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). This represents the most rapid yearly growth in construction input prices in more than five years. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Job Growth Surges in February

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 10—National construction employment surged in February as the industry added 58,000 seasonally adjusted net new jobs, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). February’s data represents the best month for construction job creation since March 2007. Nonresidential construction added nearly two-thirds of net new construction jobs with 38,500 jobs added for the month. Read the rest of entry »