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ABC issues news releases on the latest workforce, policy and industry issues, as well as construction-related economic data and trends. Commercial and industrial construction economic analyses include federal data on construction spending, employment, GDP and the Producer Price Index. Please note, ABC's news releases on state construction unemployment have been temporarily paused. 

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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Nonresidential Construction Employment Sees Record Loss in April, Says ABC

Friday, May 8, 2020 10:58 AM

WASHINGTON, May 8The construction industry lost 975,000 jobs on net in April, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This was the largest recorded decrease in construction jobs since the government began tracking employment in 1939, despite construction remaining an essential industry in much of the nation through April.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls Slightly in March, Says ABC

Friday, May 1, 2020 12:26 PM

WASHINGTON, May 1—National nonresidential construction spending fell 0.1% in March and is up 2.0% compared to the same time last year, 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 $802.6 billion for the month.

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U.S. Economy Fell 4.8% in 1st Quarter of 2020 Due to COVID-19, Says ABC

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 11:35 AM

WASHINGTON, April 29—The U.S. economy contracted at an annualized 4.8% rate during the first quarter of 2020 as a result of the ongoing global pandemic, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The decline in GDP is largely a reflection of the final three weeks of March, which devastated the economy.

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Additional PPP Loan Funding a Vital Lifeline for Construction Industry, Says ABC

Friday, April 24, 2020 12:40 PM

WASHINGTON, April 24—Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen today issued the following statement on the signing of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which provides additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program:

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Construction Contractor Confidence Plummets in Response to COVID-19, Says ABC

Thursday, April 23, 2020 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, April 23—Confidence among U.S. construction industry leaders plummeted in response to the economic fallout associated with COVID-19, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Confidence Index released today. Readings for sales, profit margins and staffing levels expectations fell below the threshold of 50 for the first time in the history of the series, signaling expected contraction along all three dimensions. CCI is based on a survey of ABC members, which was conducted March 20-31. 

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Down in February

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:45 AM

WASHINGTON, April 21—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell to 8.2 months in February, a 7.7% decrease from January’s reading. Backlog for firms working in the infrastructure segment rose by 1.3 months in February while backlog for commercial and institutional and heavy industrial firms declined by 0.6 months and 0.7 months, respectively.

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ABC Helps to Author Strategy for Safe, Strong Recovery as Part of Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 6:19 PM

WASHINGTON, April 15—Associated Builders and Contractors President and Chief Executive Officer Michael D. Bellaman today issued the following statement regarding the Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups:

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New OSHA COVID-19 Recordability Guidance Provides Necessary Clarification for Contractors, Says ABC

Monday, April 13, 2020 11:00 AM

WASHINGTON, April 13—Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment and Workforce Development Greg Sizemore today issued the following statement on the release of Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s April 10 guidance on recording cases of COVID-19:

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Drop in March, Says ABC

Thursday, April 9, 2020 10:33 AM

WASHINGTON, April 9—Construction input prices fell 1% in March from the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. The aggregate price of inputs to construction is down 1.9% compared to the same time last year. Nonresidential construction input prices fell 1.1% for the month and 2% during the past year.

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February Construction Unemployment Rates Down in 37 States Year Over Year, Says ABC

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, April 8—Estimated February not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates fell nationally and in 37 states, rose in 12 states and were unchanged in one state (Texas) on a year-over-year basis, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors.

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