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Monthly Construction Input Prices Decreased 2% in July, Up 17% From a Year Ago, Says ABC

Thursday, August 11, 2022 9:21 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11—Construction input prices decreased 1.8% in July 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 decreased 1.8% for the month as well.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator and Contractor Confidence Index Waver in July

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, August 9—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell 0.2 months in July and stands at 8.7 months, according to an ABC member survey conducted July 20 to Aug. 3. The reading is up 0.2 months from July 2021.

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ABC: Construction Employment Increases By 32,000 in July

Friday, August 5, 2022 9:17 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5—The construction industry added 32,000 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. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has increased by 311,000 jobs, or 4.2%.

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ABC: Construction Unemployment Is Under 2% in 10 States

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3—The not seasonally adjusted national construction unemployment rate plunged 3.8% in June 2022 from June 2021, down from 7.5% to 3.7%. Meanwhile, all 50 states had lower unemployment rates over the same period, according to a state-by-state analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. Ten states had an estimated construction unemployment rate under 2%; the highest unemployment rate was 6.5% in New Mexico.

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Construction Job Openings Decreased by 71,000 in June; US Economy Poised to Slow, Says ABC

Tuesday, August 2, 2022 11:37 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2—The construction industry had 334,000 job openings in June, 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 71,000 last month but are up 13,000 from the same time last year.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls 0.5% in June, Says ABC

Monday, August 1, 2022 10:42 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1—National nonresidential construction spending was down by 0.5% 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, nonresidential spending totaled $829.4 billion for the month.

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U.S. Economy Contracts in Second Quarter, Investment in Structures Falls Again, Says ABC

Thursday, July 28, 2022 9:17 AM

WASHINGTON, July 28—The U.S. economy contracted at a 0.9% annualized rate in the second quarter of 2022, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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ABC: Construction Materials Prices Increased in June, Up 20% From a Year Ago

Thursday, July 14, 2022 9:32 AM

WASHINGTON, July 14—Construction input prices increased 1.9% in June 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 1.8% for the month.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Inches Lower in June; Contractor Confidence Falters

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, July 12— Associated Builders and Contractors reports today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell 0.1 months in June and stands at 8.9 months, according to an ABC member survey conducted June 21 to July 5. The reading is up 0.4 months from June 2021.

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Increases in June, Says ABC

Friday, July 8, 2022 9:38 AM

WASHINGTON, July 8—The construction industry added 13,000 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. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has risen by 292,000 jobs, an increase of 4.0%. 

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