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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Rebounds in August; Contractor Optimism Builds

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 9:35 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rebounded to 8.0 months in August, an increase of 0.2 months from July’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted Aug. 20-Sept. 1. The August backlog is a half-month lower than in August 2019.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Rise in August, Says ABC

Thursday, September 10, 2020 11:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10—Construction input prices expanded 0.6% in August over the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices increased 0.3% for the month.

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Construction Employment Continues to Recover in August, Says ABC

Friday, September 4, 2020 10:45 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4—Construction industry employment expanded by 16,000 jobs on net in August, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the last four months, the industry added 658,000 jobs, recovering approximately 61% of the jobs lost during March and April.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls Again in July, Says ABC

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:35 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1National nonresidential construction spending fell 1.2% in July, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, spending totaled $809.1 billion for the month.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Rise Again in July, Says ABC

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 10:30 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11—Construction input prices rose 1.9% in July over the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices rose 1.8% for the month.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Down in July; Contractor Optimism Falls

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 9:25 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator declined to 7.8 months in July, a decrease of 0.3 months from the June reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted from July 20 to Aug. 5. Backlog is a full month lower than in July 2019.

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Falls in July Due to Project Cancellations and Postponements, Says ABC

Friday, August 7, 2020 10:13 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7—The construction industry added 20,000 jobs on net in July, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the last three months, the industry has added 639,000 jobs, recovering roughly 59% of the jobs lost since the start of the pandemic-induced recession.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls Slightly in June, Says ABC

Monday, August 3, 2020 11:57 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3—National nonresidential construction spending declined 0.2% in June, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, spending totaled $812.9 billion for the month.

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Construction Output Drops Significantly Due to COVID-19, Says ABC

Thursday, July 30, 2020 10:38 AM

WASHINGTON, July 30—The U.S. economy contracted at an annualized rate of 32.9% during the second quarter of 2020, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Nonresidential and residential fixed investment contracted by 27.0 and 38.7%, respectively, while investment in nonresidential fixed structures contracted by 34.9%.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Up in June; Contractor Optimism Grows

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, July 14—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 8.1 months in June, an increase of 0.2 months from May’s reading. CBI is down approximately 8% from its June 2019 level. Every region except the Middle States experienced an increase in backlog in June compared to May, according to an ABC member survey conducted from June 20-July 1.

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