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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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Construction Input Prices Tick Higher in June; Crude Petroleum Prices Rebound

WASHINGTON, July 13--Construction input prices rose 0.2 percent in June, according to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). This represents the sixth increase in construction input prices over the past seven months, but the overall rate of increase has been quite slow. On a year-over-year basis, construction input prices are up 2.6 percent.
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U.S. Labor Market Resurgent in June; Construction Adds 16,000 Jobs

Washington, July 10--National construction employment added 16,000 net new jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in June, according to an analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).  Overall construction employment expanded 3.1 percent on a year-over-year basis, easily outpacing the year-over-year growth rate of 1.6 percent for all nonfarm industries.
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Despite Lofty Backlog, Nonresidential Construction Spending Remains Stagnant in May, Says ABC

WASHINGTON, July 3 - Nonresidential construction spending expanded by 0.3 percent on both a monthly and yearly basis in May and stands at $714.3 billion on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, according to analysis of a report from the U.S. Census Bureau released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). 
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Construction Input Prices Flat, but Crude Petroleum Prices Plummet in May, ABC Says

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 13—Construction input prices remained unchanged in May, ending five consecutive months of price expansion, according to analysis of  Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. Construction input prices expanded 3.4 percent on a year-over-year basis. 
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Jobs Report Offers Reasons for Hope and Concern for Construction Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. June 2—National construction employment added 11,000 net new jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in May according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls in 13 of 16 Segments in April

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 1—Nonresidential construction spending fell 1.7 percent in April 2017, totaling $696.3 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). 
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Construction Input Prices Up in April, Led by Sharp Increases in Energy Prices

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 11—Construction input prices rose for a fifth consecutive month in April, increasing by 0.7 percent on a monthly basis and 4.3 percent on a year-over-year basis, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Nonresidential construction input prices behaved similarly, increasing by 0.7 percent on a monthly basis and 4.2 percent on a year-ago basis. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Job Growth Led by Nonresidential Sector, But Remains Tepid

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5—National construction employment remained largely unchanged for the second consecutive month, adding 5,000 net new jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in April, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Spending Loses Steam After Strong Start to Year

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 1—Nonresidential construction spending fell 1.2 percent in March, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Spending in the segment totaled $708.6 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, however the decline is less dramatic than it may be perceived to be given that February’s initial estimate of $701.6 billion was upwardly revised to $717 billion, making it the highest level or spending recorded in the data series. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Fixed Investment Surges Despite Sluggish Economic in First Quarter

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28—The U.S. economy’s performance slowed in the first quarter of 2017, but nonresidential fixed investment expanded at an impressive 9.4 percent seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Read the rest of entry »