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In addition, ABC produces the Construction Backlog Indicator, the only economic indicator that reflects the amount of work that will be performed by commercial and industrial construction contractors in the months ahead, and the Construction Confidence Index, a diffusion index that signals construction contractors’ expectations for sales, profit margins and staffing levels. Methodology for both indicators can be found hereABC construction economic releases are published according to this schedule 



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News Release 2020

ABC Names the 2020 Top Performers in U.S. Commercial and Industrial Construction

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 10:30 AM

WASHINGTON, March 9—Associated Builders and Contractors today released its 2020 Top Performers lists, which recognize ABC member contractors’ achievements in safety, quality, diversity and project excellence ranked by work hours, with special designations identified.

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ABC Announces New Vice President of Construction Technology and Innovation

Monday, March 9, 2020 9:00 AM

WASHINGTON, March 9—Associated Builders and Contractors announced today that Matthew Abeles has been appointed to the newly created role of vice president of construction technology and innovation. As a leader in this space, Abeles will spearhead efforts to integrate construction technology and innovation into all aspects of ABC’s strategic initiatives, particularly total human health, world-class safety and workforce development.

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Expands in February, Says ABC

Friday, March 6, 2020 10:24 AM

WASHINGTON, March 6The construction industry added 42,000 net new jobs in February, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has expanded by 223,000 jobs, an increase of 3.0%.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Attains All-time High in January, Says ABC

Monday, March 2, 2020 12:11 PM

WASHINGTON, March 2—National nonresidential construction spending increased by 1.6% in January and is up 5.1% on a year-ago basis, 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 a record $806.9 billion in January

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ABC Applauds the NLRB Joint Employer Final Rule

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 9:00 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26—Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen today issued the following statement about key provisions in the National Labor Relations Board’s joint employer final rule, which will go into effect April 27, 2020:

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Construction Contractor Confidence Remains Steady, Says ABC

Thursday, February 20, 2020 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20—Confidence among U.S. construction industry leaders held steady in December after surging in November, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Confidence Index released today. The average American contractor enters 2020 with confidence: Sales expectations, profit margins and staffing levels all remained above the growth expectations threshold, indicating a strong start to 2020. 

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Rise Slightly in January, Says ABC

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 11:23 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19—Construction input prices rose 0.3% in January compared to December 2019 and are up 1.9% year over year, 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 were flat for the month and are up 1.8% on a year-over-year basis.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Falls to Close 2019

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 9:27 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell to 8.4 months in December 2019, a 4.2% decline from November’s reading. This appears to be due primarily to seasonal factors. 

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ABC and Southwire Form Strategic Partnership to Provide Safe, Innovative Electrical Solutions

Monday, February 17, 2020 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17—Associated Builders and Contractors and leading electrical manufacturer Southwire, headquartered in Carrollton, Georgia, today announced a strategic partnership that will provide ABC chapters and contractor members with innovative, productive electrical solutions.  

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Rises in January, Says ABC

Friday, February 7, 2020 10:45 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7—The construction industry added 44,000 net new jobs in January, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has expanded by 142,000 jobs, an increase of 1.9%.

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