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In addition, ABC produces the Construction Backlog Indicator, the only economic indicator that reflects the amount of work that will be performed by commercial and industrial construction contractors in the months ahead, and the Construction Confidence Index, a diffusion index that signals construction contractors’ expectations for sales, profit margins and staffing levels. Methodology for both indicators can be found hereABC construction economic releases are published according to this schedule 



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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls Slightly in March, Says ABC

Friday, May 1, 2020 12:26 PM

WASHINGTON, May 1—National nonresidential construction spending fell 0.1% in March and is up 2.0% compared to the same time last year, 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 $802.6 billion for the month.

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U.S. Economy Fell 4.8% in 1st Quarter of 2020 Due to COVID-19, Says ABC

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 11:35 AM

WASHINGTON, April 29—The U.S. economy contracted at an annualized 4.8% rate during the first quarter of 2020 as a result of the ongoing global pandemic, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The decline in GDP is largely a reflection of the final three weeks of March, which devastated the economy.

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Construction Contractor Confidence Plummets in Response to COVID-19, Says ABC

Thursday, April 23, 2020 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, April 23—Confidence among U.S. construction industry leaders plummeted in response to the economic fallout associated with COVID-19, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Confidence Index released today. Readings for sales, profit margins and staffing levels expectations fell below the threshold of 50 for the first time in the history of the series, signaling expected contraction along all three dimensions. CCI is based on a survey of ABC members, which was conducted March 20-31. 

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Down in February

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:45 AM

WASHINGTON, April 21—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell to 8.2 months in February, a 7.7% decrease from January’s reading. Backlog for firms working in the infrastructure segment rose by 1.3 months in February while backlog for commercial and institutional and heavy industrial firms declined by 0.6 months and 0.7 months, respectively.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Drop in March, Says ABC

Thursday, April 9, 2020 10:33 AM

WASHINGTON, April 9—Construction input prices fell 1% in March from the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. The aggregate price of inputs to construction is down 1.9% compared to the same time last year. Nonresidential construction input prices fell 1.1% for the month and 2% during the past year.

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February Construction Unemployment Rates Down in 37 States Year Over Year, Says ABC

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, April 8—Estimated February not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates fell nationally and in 37 states, rose in 12 states and were unchanged in one state (Texas) on a year-over-year basis, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors.

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February’s Construction Spending Decline Indicates What’s to Come, Says ABC

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 11:45 AM

WASHINGTON, April 1National nonresidential construction spending fell 1.8% in February, but is up 2.5% compared to the same time last year, 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 $795.1 billion for the month.

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January Construction Unemployment Rates Down in 44 States Year Over Year, Says ABC

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, March 24—Estimated January not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates fell nationally and in 44 states, rose in four states and were unchanged in two states (Maine and North Carolina) on a year-over-year basis, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors.

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Construction Contractor Confidence Robust to Start 2020, Says ABC

Thursday, March 19, 2020 9:45 AM

WASHINGTON, March 19—Confidence among U.S. construction industry leaders generally improved in January, consistent with the burgeoning momentum of the U.S. economy during the early weeks of 2020, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Confidence Index released today. While the reading for sales expectations edged lower for the month, confidence pertaining to sales, profit margins and staffing levels remain well above the threshold of 50, signaling expected growth in those three metrics.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Rebounds in January

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 9:15 AM

WASHINGTON, March 17—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog rose to 8.9 months in January 2020, a 5.9% increase from December’s reading. Backlog for firms with less than $30 million in revenues expanded by nearly 20% after declining sharply in December.  

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