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Construction Economic Update

Nonresidential Spending Loses Steam After Strong Start to Year

Monday, May 1, 2017 12:57 PM
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

Friday, April 28, 2017 12:43 PM
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 »

Construction Input Prices Moderate in March, Energy Prices Down

Thursday, April 13, 2017 10:47 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 13—Construction input prices rose for the fourth consecutive month in March, increasing by 0.3 percent on a monthly basis and 4.4 percent on a yearly basis, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Nonresidential construction input prices performed similarly, increasing by 0.4 percent for the month and 4.4 percent for the year. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Construction a Bright Spot in Disappointing Jobs Report, ABC Says

Friday, April 7, 2017 10:38 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. April 7—National construction employment remained largely unchanged in March, adding 6,000 net new jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The nonresidential construction sector added 13,300 net new jobs for the month, while the residential sector lost 7,600 net jobs. Read the rest of entry »

Public Nonresidential Construction Spending Rebounds; Overall Spending Unchanged in February

Monday, April 3, 2017 12:01 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 3—Nonresidential construction spending remained unchanged in February, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The segment totaled $701.9 billion on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate for the month, marking the seventh consecutive month in which nonresidential spending sat above the $700 billion threshold. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Input Prices Expand for Third Straight Month; Petroleum Prices Soar Year-over-Year

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 11:18 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 14—Construction input prices expanded 0.3 percent on a monthly basis and 4.8 percent on a year-over-year basis in February, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). This represents the most rapid yearly growth in construction input prices in more than five years. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Job Growth Surges in February

Friday, March 10, 2017 11:58 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 10—National construction employment surged in February as the industry added 58,000 seasonally adjusted net new jobs, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). February’s data represents the best month for construction job creation since March 2007. Nonresidential construction added nearly two-thirds of net new construction jobs with 38,500 jobs added for the month. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Spending Slips to Start 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 1:06 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 1—Nonresidential construction spending contracted during January, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Nonresidential spending fell 1.9 percent from December to $698.4 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis.  This represents the first month total nonresidential construction spending dipped below $700 billion since July 2016. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Input Prices Surge to Start 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:41 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 14—Construction input prices collectively rose by 1 percent on a monthly basis and 3.8 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. This represents the fastest year-over-year rate of materials price inflation since the beginning of 2012. Nonresidential input prices rose 0.9 percent for the month and are up 4 percent year over year. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Job Growth Rebounds in 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017 10:15 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 3—National construction employment started 2017 on a high note, adding 36,000 net new jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in January, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The 0.5 percent increase represents the best month for construction employment growth since March of 2016. Read the rest of entry »