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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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Monthly Construction Input Prices Rise 1.3% in April, Says ABC

Thursday, May 13, 2021 9:53 AM

WASHINGTON, May 13—Construction input prices increased 1.3% in April compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices increased 1.6% for the month.

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ABC to the White House: Do Not Exclude 87% of America’s Construction Industry From Your Infrastructure Plan

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 11:45 AM

WASHINGTON, May 11—Today, Associated Builders and Contractors and more than 900 member companies and chapters from 47 states sent a letter to the White House highlighting concerns with President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan and recommendations to improve it, streamlining the permitting process and supporting bipartisan workforce development efforts. The letter also voiced strong opposition to the Protect the Right to Organize Act.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Inches Up in April; Contractor Optimism Slips

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 9:45 AM

WASHINGTON, May 11— Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 7.9 months in April, according to an ABC member survey conducted April 20-May 5, 0.1 months higher than in March 2021 and April 2020.

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Construction Employment Unchanged in April, Says ABC

Friday, May 7, 2021 10:17 AM

WASHINGTON, May 7—Construction industry employment remained unchanged in April, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the last year, the industry has added 917,000 jobs, recovering 82.4% of the jobs lost during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ABC Slams DOL Withdrawal of Independent Contractor Rule

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:46 PM

WASHINGTON, May 5—Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs Ben Brubeck released the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Labor’s announcement that it will withdraw the independent contractor rule.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Decreases 1.1% in March, Says ABC

Monday, May 3, 2021 11:45 AM

WASHINGTON, May 3—National nonresidential construction spending declined 1.1% in March, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, nonresidential spending totaled $778.5 billion for the month.

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ABC’s 2021 Safety Performance Report: Construction Companies Can Be 655% Safer With These Best Practices, Says ABC Report

Friday, April 30, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, April 30—Today, Associated Builders and Contractors announced the findings in its 2021 Safety Performance Report, an annual assessment that furthers the construction industry’s understanding of how to achieve world-class safety by deploying its STEP Safety Management System. Published to coincide with Construction Safety Week, May 3-7, the annual report details the drastic impact of using proactive safety practices to reduce recordable incidents by up to 85%, making the best-performing companies more than six times safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry average.

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GDP and Construction: Investment in Nonresidential Structures Declines 4.8% in Q1, Says ABC

Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:11 AM

WASHINGTON, April 29The U.S. economy expanded at a 6.4% annualized rate during the first quarter of 2021; however, investment in nonresidential structures declined at a 4.8% rate for the quarter, according to analysis conducted by Associated Builders and Contractors of data released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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President Biden’s Tax Plan Would Hit Small and Family-owned Businesses the Hardest, Says ABC

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 5:44 PM

WASHINGTON, April 28—In response to reports that President Biden will tonight announce tax increases as he details his American Families Plan, Associated Builders and Contractors released the following statement.

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ABC Statement on President Biden’s First 100 Days in Office

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 12:50 PM

WASHINGTON, April 28—Ahead of President Joe Biden’s first congressional address, Associated Builders and Contractors issued the following statement from Michael Bellaman, its president and CEO, on key merit shop construction industry priorities that should be considered by the administration.

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