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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. ABC construction economic releases are published according to this schedule 



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Nonresidential Construction Spending Down Again in June, First Annual Decline Since 2013

Monday, August 1, 2016 12:15 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 1—Nonresidential construction spending dipped 1 percent in June and has now contracted for three consecutive months according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Nonresidential spending, which totaled $682 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized rate, has fallen 1.1 percent on a year-over-year basis, marking the first time nonresidential spending has declined on an annual basis since July 2013. Read the rest of entry »

June Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 47 States from 2015

Monday, August 1, 2016 9:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug.1—June not seasonally adjusted (NSA) construction unemployment rates improved in 47 states and the nation on a year-over-year basis according to analysis released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The national construction unemployment rate of 4.6 percent was 1.7 percent lower than a year ago according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Further, the industry boasted its lowest June rate since 2000 when it matched this June’s 4.6 percent rate. BLS data also showed that the industry employed 229,000 more people than in June 2015. Read the rest of entry »

Output Expands, but Nonresidential Fixed Investment Falters As Economic Malaise Continues

Friday, July 29, 2016 10:59 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 29—Real gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 1.2 percent (seasonally adjusted annual rate) during 2016’s second quarter according to an analysis of Bureau of Economic Analysis data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). This modest figure follows a 0.8 percent annualized rate of output growth registered during the year’s first quarter. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Input Prices Continue Ascent, Could Pressure Margins

Thursday, July 14, 2016 10:31 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 14—Construction input prices expanded in June, rising 1.1 percent on a monthly basis according to an analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Today’s report marks the fourth consecutive month that input prices have expanded following eight straight months of decline. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Labor Force Shrinks, Job Numbers Flat

Friday, July 8, 2016 10:24 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 8—Despite a broader U.S. labor market rebound in June, the construction industry failed to add jobs for a third consecutive month, according to an analysis of today’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The construction industry’s employment level remained essentially unchanged in June.   Read the rest of entry »

ABC Challenges Anti-retaliation Provisions of OSHA’s Electronic Reporting Rule

Friday, July 8, 2016 9:08 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 8—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), TEXO and a coalition of stakeholders today filed suit against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) final rule on Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, commonly referred to as the “electronic injury reporting and anti-retaliation final rule.” The suit immediately challenges the anti-retaliation provisions of the final rule that will limit post-accident drug testing and safety programs that contribute to construction jobsite safety. ABC is seeking to prevent these provisions from taking effect on Aug. 10.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Stalls in May, Falls to Lowest Level in 2016

Friday, July 1, 2016 11:30 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 1—Nonresidential construction spending dipped 1.3 percent in May according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Nonresidential spending, which totaled $684.9 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized rate, has expanded 1.2 percent since May 2015. Read the rest of entry »

May Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 46 States from 2015

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 9:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., June, 28—Construction unemployment rates improved in 46 states and the nation in May on a year-over-year basis according to analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. The May national not seasonally adjusted (NSA) construction unemployment rate of 5.2 percent was 1.5 percent lower than a year ago while the industry employed 213,000 more people than in May 2015. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Backlog Reaches New High for Largest Contractors, ABC Reports

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 9:30 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 21– Construction backlog among the nation’s largest contractors now stands above 12 months, a record for the series, according to Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The biggest firms with the greatest capacity to attract talent have been able to accept work that others have to turn away in a market that has stabilized at a comfortable level but still faces a skilled worker shortage. Read the rest of entry »

Autodesk’s advanced full lifecycle construction technologies and training brings innovation to 21,000-strong ABC membership

Monday, June 20, 2016 11:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 20— Autodesk [NASDAQ: ADSK], a leading global 3D design and engineering software company, and the national construction trade association Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), today announced a strategic partnership built on a shared vision of enabling construction professionals to work smarter by harnessing the power of the digital era to help increase productivity, reduce redundancy and eliminate waste. The announcement was made today by company executives in Washington, D.C., during ABC’s Legislative Week. Read the rest of entry »