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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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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: 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: 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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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’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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