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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls Slightly in June, Says ABC

Monday, August 3, 2020 11:57 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3—National nonresidential construction spending declined 0.2% in June, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, spending totaled $812.9 billion for the month.

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Construction Output Drops Significantly Due to COVID-19, Says ABC

Thursday, July 30, 2020 10:38 AM

WASHINGTON, July 30—The U.S. economy contracted at an annualized rate of 32.9% during the second quarter of 2020, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Nonresidential and residential fixed investment contracted by 27.0 and 38.7%, respectively, while investment in nonresidential fixed structures contracted by 34.9%.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Up in June; Contractor Optimism Grows

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, July 14—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 8.1 months in June, an increase of 0.2 months from May’s reading. CBI is down approximately 8% from its June 2019 level. Every region except the Middle States experienced an increase in backlog in June compared to May, according to an ABC member survey conducted from June 20-July 1.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Rise in June, Says ABC

Friday, July 10, 2020 11:31 AM

WASHINGTON, July 10—Construction input prices rose 2.2% in June, 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 rose by 2.3% for the month.

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Nonresidential Construction Has Recovered 56% of Jobs Lost Since March Employment Report, Says ABC

Thursday, July 2, 2020 11:13 AM

WASHINGTON, July 2—The construction industry added 158,000 jobs on net in June, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the last two months, the industry has added 591,000 jobs, recovering 56% of the industrywide jobs lost since the start of the pandemic.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls Modestly in May, Says ABC

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:09 PM

WASHINGTON, July 1—National nonresidential construction spending declined 0.9% in May, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, spending totaled $812.5 billion for the month. Private nonresidential spending declined 2.4% in May and public nonresidential construction spending increased 1.2%. 

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Construction Input Prices Rise in May, Says ABC

Thursday, June 11, 2020 11:02 AM

WASHINGTON, June 11—Construction input prices rose 0.8% in May 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 rose by 0.8% for the month as well.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Inches Higher in May; Contractor Confidence Continues to Rebound

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 9:10 AM

WASHINGTON, June 9—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 7.9 months in May, an increase of less than 0.1 months from April’s reading. Furthermore, based on an ABC member survey conducted May 20-June 3, results indicate that confidence among U.S. construction industry leaders continued to rebound from the historically low levels observed in the March survey.

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Construction Employment Sees Record Rebound in May, Says ABC

Friday, June 5, 2020 10:57 AM

WASHINGTON, June 5—The construction industry added 464,000 net new jobs in May, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. May represented the largest monthly increase in construction jobs since the government began tracking employment in 1939, a drastic improvement from April, which recorded the industry’s largest month-over-month job loss.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls in April, Says ABC

Monday, June 1, 2020 11:52 AM

WASHINGTON, June 1—National nonresidential construction spending decreased by 1.8% in April, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, spending totaled $801.8 billion for the month, a 0.9% increase from April 2019.

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