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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 Gains a Handful of Jobs in February

The U.S. nonresidential construction industry gained just 400 jobs in February, according to the March 7 employment report by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The construction industry as a whole added only 15,000 jobs for the month, with the vast majority of new jobs coming from residential construction. The construction unemployment rate expanded to 12.8 percent in February from 12.3 percent in January (non-seasonally adjusted). 
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Still Frozen in January

Nonresidential construction spending declined for the second consecutive month, falling 0.3 percent in January, but is up 6.5 percent over the past year, according to a March 3 release by the U.S. Census Bureau. Spending for the month totaled $578.7 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis.
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Construction Materials More Volatile in January

Construction materials prices expanded 0.6 percent in January and are up 1.5 percent year over year, according to the Feb. 19 producer price index released by the Department of Labor.  More specifically, nonresidential construction materials prices are up 0.5 percent for the month and are 1 percent higher than the same time one year ago. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Construction Gains Jobs in January

The construction industry gained 48,000 jobs in January, according to the Feb. 7 employment report by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Nonresidential construction gained 21,000 jobs, representing a significant rebound from the 14,100 jobs lost by the segment in December. Nonresidential construction accounted for 47.7 percent of January’s total construction industry job gain and 28.1 percent of the construction industry job gain in the past year.
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls in December

December represented the end of a three-month winning streak for nonresidential spending growth. According to a Feb. 3 release by the U.S. Census Bureau, nonresidential construction spending fell 1.3 percent on a monthly basis and 1.1 percent on a yearly basis in December. Spending for the month totaled $573.07 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis.
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Nonresidential Fixed Investment Expanded 3.8 Percent During Fourth Quarter of 2013

Nonresidential fixed investment expanded 3.8 percent while residential fixed investment fell 9.8 percent during the fourth quarter of 2013, according to a Jan. 30 release by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Overall, real gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 3.2 percent following a 4.1 percent increase in the third quarter.
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Construction Materials Prices Rise Only 0.1 Percent in December

Construction materials prices expanded just 0.1 percent in December and are up 1.3 percent year over year, according to a Jan. 15 Producer Price Index released by the Department of Labor. Nonresidential construction materials prices also rose only 0.1 percent for the month and are 1 percent higher than the same time one year ago. 
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Nonresidential Construction Employment Declines in December

National construction employment decreased by 16,000 jobs in December, according to a Jan. 10 report by the U.S. Department of Labor.  Nonresidential construction registered the bulk of job losses, contributing 88.1 percent of total construction industry job loss and losing 14,100 positions on a monthly basis.  
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Returns to Normal After Government Shutdown

Nonresidential construction spending grew 0.6 on a monthly and yearly basis in November 2013, according to the Jan. 2 release by the U.S. Census Bureau. In November, spending totaled $583.436 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis. 
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Construction Materials Prices Remain Stable in November

Overall, construction materials prices fell 0.5 percent in November and are up only 1.1 percent year over year, according to the Department of Labor’s Dec. 13 Producer Price Index.  Nonresidential construction materials are down 0.6 percent for the month and are 0.7 percent lower than the same time last year. 
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