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Nonresidential Construction Spending Down 1% in March; Recession Could Be Around the Corner, Says ABC

Monday, May 2, 2022 11:03 AM

WASHINGTON, May 2—National nonresidential construction spending was down 0.8% in March, 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 $839.2 billion for the month.

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GDP: U.S. Economy Contracts, Investment in Structures Down Again, Says ABC

Thursday, April 28, 2022 10:11 AM

WASHINGTON, April 28—The U.S. economy contracted at a 1.4% annualized rate during the first quarter of 2022. Investment in nonresidential structures declined at an annual rate of 0.9% during the quarter and has contracted nine of the past 10 quarters, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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ABC: State Construction Unemployment Is Down in 45 States From a Year Ago

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, April 27—The not seasonally adjusted national construction unemployment rate dropped 2.6% in March 2022 from a year ago, down from 8.6% to 6%, while 45 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. This considerable improvement occurred as cases of the omicron variant fell and many states began lifting some or all of their COVID-19 restrictions.

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Construction Input Prices Up 3% in March, 24% Year Over Year, Says ABC

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 9:38 AM

WASHINGTON, April 13—Construction input prices rose 2.9% in March, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices expanded 2.8% for the month.

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ABC: Construction Backlog Up, Contractor Confidence Down in March

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, April 12—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator increased to 8.3 months in March, according to an ABC member survey conducted Mar. 22 to April 5. The reading is up 0.5 months from March 2021.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Drops Slightly in February, Says ABC

Friday, April 1, 2022 10:53 AM

WASHINGTON, April 1—National nonresidential construction spending was down 0.1% 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 $844.5 billion for the month.

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Nonresidential Construction Adds 11,300 Jobs in March; Employment Now Exceeds Pre-Pandemic Levels, Says ABC

Friday, April 1, 2022 9:42 AM

WASHINGTON, April 1—The construction industry added 19,000 jobs on net in March, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. After 23 months of recovery, construction employment has at last exceeded pre-pandemic levels. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has expanded by 220,000 jobs, an increase of 3.0%. 

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Construction Input Prices Rise 2.6% in February, Says ABC

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 10:11 AM

WASHINGTON, March 15—Construction input prices increased 2.6% in February compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices rose 2.5% for the month.

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ABC Construction Backlog Indicator Unchanged in February; Contractors Remain Confident

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, March 15—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator remained unchanged at 8.0 months in February, according to an ABC member survey conducted Feb. 21 to March 8. The reading is down 0.2 months from February 2021.

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Construction Input Prices Rise 2.6% in February, Says ABC

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 9:33 AM

WASHINGTON, March 15—Construction input prices increased 2.6% in February compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices rose 2.5% for the month.

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