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ABC Responds to President Biden’s 2023 State of the Union Address

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 10:20 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7—Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman released the following statement responding to President Joe Biden’s 2023 State of the Union address.

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ABC: State Construction Unemployment Is Down in 32 States From a Year Ago

Monday, February 6, 2023 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6—The not seasonally adjusted national construction unemployment rate dropped 0.6% in December 2022 from a year ago, down from 5% to 4.4%, according to a state-by-state analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. Thirty-two states had lower unemployment rates over the same period, Iowa and Missouri were unchanged and 16 states were higher.

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Construction Adds 25,000 Jobs in January, Says ABC

Friday, February 3, 2023 9:31 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3—The construction industry added 25,000 jobs on net in January, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has risen by 294,000 jobs, an increase of 3.9%.

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ABC’s Construction Executive Celebrates 20 Years, Redesigns Magazine

Thursday, February 2, 2023 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2—Construction Executive, the magazine of the business of construction that is published by Associated Builders and Contractors, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month by unveiling a completely redesigned version of the print magazine with its January-February 2023 issue as well as a new, dynamic content mix on its online platforms.

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ABC: Nonresidential Construction Spending Dips 0.5% in December

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 11:30 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1—National nonresidential construction spending decreased by 0.5% in December, 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 $943.5 billion for the month.

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Construction Job Openings Surge by 82,000 in December, Says ABC

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 10:51 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1—The construction industry had 413,000 job openings in December, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. JOLTS defines a job opening as any unfilled position for which an employer is actively recruiting. Industry job openings increased by 82,000 for the month and are up by 54,000 from December 2021.

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ABC: A Record 88% of the US Construction Industry Workforce Does Not Belong to a Union

Thursday, January 19, 2023 2:24 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19—Associated Builders and Contractors released the following remarks today regarding the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual Union Members Summary. According to 2022 data, the percent of construction industry wage and salary workers belonging to unions dropped to a record low of 11.7%, a decline from 12.6% in 2021.

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Inflation Easing: Monthly Construction Input Prices Drop 2.7% in December, Says ABC

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 9:18 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18—Construction input prices fell 2.7% in December 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 also declined 2.7% for the month.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Flat in December at Highest Level Since Q2 2019

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10—Associated Builders and Contractors reports today that its Construction Backlog Indicator remained unchanged at 9.2 months in December, according to an ABC member survey conducted Dec. 20, 2022, to Jan. 5, 2023. The reading is one month higher than in December 2021.

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ABC and Procore Announce Strategic Partnership

Monday, January 9, 2023 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9—Associated Builders and Contractors and leading global construction management software provider Procore, headquartered in Carpinteria, California, today announced they will expand their years-long relationship through a strategic partnership that will provide ABC members with trusted, innovative technologies and solutions to help better develop their people, win more work, create safer jobsites and increase profitability. Procore is the only ABC strategic partner that is a technology solutions provider.

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Construction Employment Up By 28,000 in December, Says ABC

Friday, January 6, 2023 9:36 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6—The construction industry added 28,000 jobs on net in December, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has risen by 231,000 jobs or 3.1%.

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ABC: Construction Job Openings Flat in November

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 11:27 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4—The construction industry registered 388,000 job openings in November, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. JOLTS defines a job opening as any unfilled position for which an employer is actively recruiting. Industry job openings declined by 2,000 last month but are up 22,000 from the same time last year.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Increases 1% in November, Says ABC

Tuesday, January 3, 2023 11:09 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3—National nonresidential construction spending grew 0.9% in November, 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 $930.1 billion for the month.

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ABC: New WOTUS Definition Muddies the Waters for Contractors

Friday, December 30, 2022 11:29 AM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30— Associated Builders and Contractors today issued the following statement from Vice President of Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs Ben Brubeck on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule revising the definition of “waters of the United States.”

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ABC: Florida and Arizona Are the Best States for Construction

Thursday, December 15, 2022 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15—For the fourth time, Florida claimed the top spot in Associated Builders and Contractors’ eighth annual Merit Shop Scorecard, a ranking of all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on policies and programs that strengthen career pathways in construction, encourage workforce development and advocate for fair and open competition on taxpayer-funded construction projects.

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Commercial, Institutional and Health Care Construction Drive ABC’s Backlog Indicator to Highest Level Since Q2 2019

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13—Associated Builders and Contractors reports today that its Construction Backlog Indicator increased to 9.2 months in November, according to an ABC member survey conducted Nov. 21 to Dec. 6. The reading is 0.8 months higher than in November 2021.

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ABC: Construction Materials Prices Down 1% in November, Still Up 40% Since February 2020

Friday, December 9, 2022 9:35 AM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9—Construction input prices declined 0.9% in November 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 fell 0.8% for the month.

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Construction Employment Increases by 20,000 in November, Says ABC

Friday, December 2, 2022 9:21 AM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2—The construction industry added 20,000 jobs on net in November, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has risen by 248,000 jobs, an increase of 3.3%. 

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ABC: Nonresidential Construction Spending Down 0.3% in October

Thursday, December 1, 2022 11:08 AM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1—National nonresidential construction spending was down by 0.3% in October, 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 $898.4 billion for the month.

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Construction Job Openings Decreased By 52,000 in October, Says ABC

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 10:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30—The construction industry had 371,000 job openings in October, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. JOLTS defines a job opening as any unfilled position for which an employer is actively recruiting. Industry job openings decreased by 52,000 last month and are down 21,000 from the same time last year.

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ABC: Treasury’s Clean Energy Tax Credit Guidance Provides Almost No Clarity

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 7:23 PM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29—Associated Builders and Contractors released the following statement responding to guidance released today by the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service regarding tax credits for private clean energy projects funded by the Inflation Reduction Act conditioned on compliance with prevailing wage and government-registered apprenticeship requirements.

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ABC Convention 2023 Is Heading to Orlando

Thursday, November 17, 2022 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the details of ABC Convention 2023, which will take place at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Florida, from March 15-17. ABC’s annual convention celebrates the best of the best in merit shop construction, honoring the member companies and individuals who lead the industry in representing the association’s core values.

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ABC Elects 2023 National Chair, Executive Committee

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 11:36 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced that Milton Graugnard, executive vice president, Cajun Industries LLC, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was elected the 2023 ABC national chair at a board of directors meeting held in conjunction with the association’s annual Leadership Institute in Coronado, California.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Inch Higher in October, Says ABC

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 11:27 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15—Construction input prices increased 0.3% in October 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 0.2% for the month.

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ABC: Construction Backlog and Contractor Confidence Waver in October

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 8:25 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15—Associated Builders and Contractors reports today that its Construction Backlog Indicator declined to 8.8 months in October, according to an ABC member survey conducted Oct. 20 to Nov. 4. The reading is 0.7 months higher than in October 2021.

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ABC: Inflation Reduction Act Tax Policies Undermine Taxpayer Investments in Clean Energy Construction Projects

Monday, November 7, 2022 8:05 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7—Associated Builders and Contractors has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service regarding implementation of tax credits for clean energy construction projects funded by the Inflation Reduction Act, contingent upon new controversial prevailing wage, apprenticeship and domestic content requirements.

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October Construction Employment Ticks Up by 1,000, Says ABC

Friday, November 4, 2022 9:18 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4—The construction industry added 1,000 jobs on net in October, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has risen by 266,000 jobs, an increase of 3.6%.

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ABC: State Construction Unemployment Is Down in 42 States From a Year Ago

Thursday, November 3, 2022 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3—The not seasonally adjusted national construction unemployment rate dropped 1.1% in September 2022 from a year ago, down from 4.5% to 3.4%, according to a state-by-state analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. Forty-two states had lower unemployment rates over the same period, Arkansas and Wisconsin were unchanged and six states were higher. Almost half of the states had estimated construction unemployment rates at or below 3%.

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ABC Joins Lawsuit Challenging Connecticut’s Ban on ‘Captive Audience’ Meetings

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 2:05 PM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1—Today, Associated Builders and Contractors and ABC of Connecticut joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and several other organizations in filing a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court District of Connecticut challenging an unconstitutional labor law passed by the state of Connecticut.

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ABC: Construction Job Openings Increased by 36,000 in September

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 11:09 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1—The construction industry had 422,000 job openings in September, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors’ analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. JOLTS defines a job opening as any unfilled position for which an employer is actively recruiting. Industry job openings increased by 36,000 last month and are up 74,000 from a year ago.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Increases Slightly in September, Says ABC

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 10:24 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1National nonresidential construction spending was up by 0.5% in September, 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 $883.9 billion for the month.

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Investment in Structures Falls Again in Third Quarter Even as US Economy Expands, Says ABC

Thursday, October 27, 2022 9:52 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27—The U.S. economy expanded at a 2.6% annualized rate in the third quarter of 2022, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Investment in nonresidential structures decreased at an annual rate of 15.3% for the quarter and has now contracted in 10 of the past 12 quarters.

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ABC, Lawmakers and Industry Groups Call on President Biden to Withdraw His Inflationary PLA Mandate Policies

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 9:00 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19—Associated Builders and Contractors has submitted more than 40 pages of comments to the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council calling on the Biden administration to withdraw a controversial proposed rule that would require anti-competitive and inflationary project labor agreements on federal construction contracts of $35 million or more.

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ABC: Enhancing Inclusion Creates Needed Change in the Construction Industry

Monday, October 17, 2022 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced its strong support of the second annual Construction Inclusion Week, which kicks off today, and the need to champion and foster inclusion, diversity and equity throughout the construction industry.

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ABC: Construction Input Prices Inched Down in September; Up 41% Since February 2020

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 9:41 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12—Construction input prices dipped 0.1% in September 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 also fell 0.1% for the month.

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ABC Opposes the Biden Administration’s New Independent Contractor Proposed Rule

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 1:40 PM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11—Associated Builders and Contractors today responded to the U.S. Department of Labor’s announcement of a proposed rule to rescind and replace a commonsense, ABC-supported final regulation on independent contractors.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Jumps in September; Contractor Confidence Remains Steady

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11—Associated Builders and Contractors reports today that its Construction Backlog Indicator increased to 9.0 months in September, according to an ABC member survey conducted Sept. 20 to Oct. 5. The reading is 1.4 months higher than in September 2021.

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Increases By 13,000 in September, Says ABC

Friday, October 7, 2022 9:32 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7—The construction industry added 19,000 jobs on net in September, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has risen by 292,000 jobs, or 3.9%. 

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ABC: Construction Job Openings Up By 54,000 in August

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 11:04 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4—The construction industry had 407,000 job openings in August, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. JOLTS defines a job opening as any unfilled position for which an employer is actively recruiting. Industry job openings increased by 54,000 last month and are up by 45,000 from the same time last year.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Down 0.4% in August, Says ABC

Monday, October 3, 2022 10:57 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3National nonresidential construction spending was down 0.4% in August, 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 $859.3 billion for the month.

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Survey: 97% of ABC Contractors Say Biden’s Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreement Policies Would Make Federal Construction More Expensive

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 9:54 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28—According to a September 2022 survey of ABC contractor members published today, 98% oppose President Biden’s proposed rule mandating project labor agreements on federal construction projects of $35 million or more. PLA schemes needlessly increase costs and exacerbate the construction industry’s skilled labor shortage because they exclude almost nine out of 10 workers from participating in these contracts.

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ABC’s 2022 Tech Report Features Real-World Journeys in Construction Innovation

Monday, September 26, 2022 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26—Associated Builders and Contractors today released its second annual construction technology report comprised of case studies that spotlight specific technologies and innovation best practices that ABC member contractors are utilizing to strengthen their value proposition. The report also features safety technology survey data from ABC contractors.

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ABC: Imminent Rail Strike Would Pulverize Fragile US Economy and Supply Chain

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 8:19 PM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement regarding the devastating effects of a looming rail strike on the already weak U.S. economy and supply chain.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Dip in August, But Are Up 17% From a Year Ago, Says ABC

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 9:34 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14—Construction input prices decreased 1.4% in August 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 fell 1.4% for the month as well.

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ABC’s Contractor Confidence Rebounds; Construction Backlog Indicator Flat in August

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13—Associated Builders and Contractors reports today that its Construction Backlog Indicator remained unchanged at 8.7 months in August, according to an ABC member survey conducted Aug. 22 to Sept. 7. The reading is a full month higher than in August 2021.

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ABC: New NLRB Joint Employer Proposal Will Harm Small Businesses

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 1:02 PM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement on the National Labor Relations Board’s new joint employer proposed rule under the National Labor Relations Act.

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Construction Employment Increases by 16,000 in August, Says ABC

Friday, September 2, 2022 9:43 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2—The construction industry added 16,000 jobs on net in August, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has risen by 311,000 jobs or 4.2%.

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ABC: Nonresidential Construction Spending Increases by a Modest 0.8% in July

Thursday, September 1, 2022 10:39 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1—National nonresidential construction spending increased 0.8% in July, 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 $847.6 billion for the month.

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ABC: Suicide Prevention Is a National Priority for Construction

Thursday, September 1, 2022 7:55 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1—On the first day of Suicide Prevention Month 2022, Associated Builders and Contractors calls on the entire construction industry to strengthen total human health among its workers and decrease the number of deaths by suicide.

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Construction Job Openings Up by 22,000 in July, Says ABC

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 10:47 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30—The construction industry had 375,000 job openings in July, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. JOLTS defines a job opening as any unfilled position for which an employer is actively recruiting. Industry job openings increased by 22,000 last month and are up 38,000 from the same time last year.

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