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Nonresidential Construction Spending Down 1.3% in February, Says ABC

Thursday, April 1, 2021 11:33 AM

WASHINGTON, April 1—National nonresidential construction spending declined 1.3% in February, 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 $789.5 billion for the month.

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ABC: The Construction Industry Needs to Hire an Additional 430,000 Craft Professionals in 2021

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 4:25 PM

WASHINGTON, March 23—In 2021, construction companies will need to hire 430,000 more workers than they employed in 2020, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. The analysis also revealed that every $1 billion in extra construction spending generates an average of at least 5,700 construction jobs.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Rose Sharply in February; Contractor Optimism Builds

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, March 9- Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 8.2 months in February, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Feb. 22 to March 3. This is up 0.7 months from January’s reading, but is still 0.7 months lower than in February 2020.

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Decreases in February, Says ABC

Friday, March 5, 2021 9:43 AM

WASHINGTON, March 5—The construction industry lost 61,000 jobs on net in February, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the last ten months, the industry has added 805,000 jobs, recovering 72.3% of the jobs lost during the earlier stages of the pandemic.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Stabilizes in January 2021, Down 5% Since January 2020, Says ABC

Monday, March 1, 2021 11:05 AM

WASHINGTON, March 1—National nonresidential construction spending increased 0.9% on a monthly basis in January 2021 but is down 5% since January 2020, 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 $799.1 billion for the month.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Surge 2.5% in January, Says ABC

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 9:35 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17—Construction input prices increased 2.5% in January 2021 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 2.1% for the month.

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Construction Backlog and Contractor Optimism Rise to Start 2021, According to ABC Member Survey

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 9:58 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb.9—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 7.5 months in January 2021, an increase of 0.2 months from its December 2020 reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Jan. 20 to Feb. 2. Despite the monthly uptick, backlog is 0.9 months lower than in January 2020.

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Nonresidential Construction Loses Jobs in January, Says ABC

Friday, February 5, 2021 10:43 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5—The construction industry lost 3,000 jobs on net in January 2021, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the last nine months, the industry has added 857,000 jobs, recovering 77% of the jobs lost during earlier pandemic stages.

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While State Construction Unemployment Rates End Poorly in 2020, Industry Continues to Perform Better Than Other Sectors Nationally, Says ABC

Thursday, February 4, 2021 9:44 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4—As the nation struggles with the economic effects from the COVID-19 pandemic, construction employment continues to perform better than many other occupational groups, according to a state-by-state analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. In December 2020, on a year-over-year basis, not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates rose nationally and in 48 states, and national NSA construction employment was down 125,000 from December 2019. However, national construction employment was only 3% below its pre-pandemic peak in February 2020 on a seasonally adjusted basis.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Dips Nearly 1% in December, Deepening a Monthslong Slump, Says ABC

Monday, February 1, 2021 11:44 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1—National nonresidential construction spending declined 0.8% in December 2020, 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 $790.2 billion for the month, 4.8% lower than in December 2019 but 3.8% higher than in December 2018.

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