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ABC issues news releases on the latest workforce, policy and industry issues, as well as construction-related economic data and trends. Commercial and industrial construction economic analyses include federal data on construction spending, employment, GDP and the Producer Price Index. 

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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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Plummets in August; Contractor Confidence Down

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14—Associated Builders and Contractors reports today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell sharply to 7.7 months in August, according to an ABC member survey conducted Aug. 19 to Sept. 1. The reading is down 0.8 months from July 2021 and down 0.3 months from August 2020.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Inch Lower in August, But Are Still Elevated Year Over Year, Says ABC

Friday, September 10, 2021 10:22 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10—Construction input prices declined 0.6% 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 0.4% for the month.

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ABC and Procore Announce Partnership to Provide Construction Management Solutions for ABC Members

Thursday, September 9, 2021 7:55 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9—Associated Builders and Contractors and Procore Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: PCOR), a leading provider of construction management software, today announced a partnership that provides ABC chapters and members exclusive discounted pricing on their new purchases of Procore products and services.

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Nonresidential Construction Loses 20,300 Jobs in August, Says ABC

Friday, September 3, 2021 10:04 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3—The construction industry lost 3,000 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. Despite the monthly setback, the industry has recovered 881,000 (79.2%) of the jobs lost during earlier stages of the pandemic.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Weak in July, Says ABC

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 10:55 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1—National nonresidential construction spending expanded 0.1% 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 $786.7 billion for the month.

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Construction Input Prices Up 23.1% Year Over Year, Says ABC

Thursday, August 12, 2021 9:23 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12—Construction input prices rose 0.6% in July, 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 0.8% for the month.

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ABC Responds to Senate Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 11:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which passed the U.S. Senate today by a vote of 69 to 30. The bill would provide $550 billion in new infrastructure investments.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Flat in July; Contractor Confidence Falls

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10—Associated Builders and Contractors reports today that its Construction Backlog Indicator remained unchanged at 8.5 months in July, according to an ABC member survey conducted July 20-Aug. 2, up 0.7 months from July 2020.

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Nonresidential Construction Adds Only 2,900 Jobs in July, Says ABC

Friday, August 6, 2021 9:36 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6—The nation’s construction industry added 11,000 jobs on net in July, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, the industry has recovered 886,000 (79.6%) of the jobs lost during earlier stages of the pandemic.

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ABC Recognizes Bipartisan Achievements in Infrastructure Bill, Cautions Against Anti-Competitive Language

Monday, August 2, 2021 5:14 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement on the 2,702-page Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act set to pass the U.S. Senate later this week. 

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