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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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Construction Economics

Investment in Nonresidential Structures Up a Meager 3% in Final Quarter of 2020, Says ABC

Thursday, January 28, 2021 9:12 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28The U.S. economy expanded at an annualized 4.0% rate in the fourth quarter of 2020 as the nation’s recovery from last spring’s economic devastation continued. Nonresidential investment in structures increased at a 3.0% annualized rate in the fourth quarter.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Increase in December, Says ABC

Friday, January 15, 2021 9:51 AM

Construction input prices increased 1.8% in December 2020 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 2.1% for the month.

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Contractor Optimism Improves as ABC’s Construction Backlog Inches Up in December

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 10:00 AM

Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rebounded modestly to 7.3 months in December, an increase of 0.1 months from November’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Dec. 18 to Jan. 5. Backlog is 1.5 months lower than in December 2019.

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A Bright Spot in Today’s Jobs Report: Nonresidential Construction Adds Jobs in December, Says ABC

Friday, January 8, 2021 10:36 AM

The construction industry added 51,000 net new jobs in December, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the last eight months, the industry has added 857,000 jobs, recovering 79.1% of the jobs lost during the earlier stages of the pandemic.

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ABC's 2021 Construction Economic Forecast: Recovery Shape Forms a 'W,' Recession Threat Remains

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 1:13 PM

Associated Builders and Contractors' Chief Economist Anirban Basu forecasts a recession threat for the construction sector next year, but has illuminated some potential economic bright spots, such as e-commerce and Class B office space, according to a 2021 economic outlook published in Construction Executive magazine.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Decreased in November, Says ABC

Friday, December 11, 2020 10:07 AM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11—Construction input prices fell 0.5% in November 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 fell 0.4% for the month.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Plunges in November; Contractor Optimism Falters

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 12:00 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator declined to 7.2 months in November, a decrease of 0.5 months from October’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Nov. 20 to Dec. 2. Backlog is 1.7 months lower than in November 2019.

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Expands in November, Says ABC

Friday, December 4, 2020 3:25 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4—The construction industry added 27,000 net new jobs in November, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the last seven months, the industry has added 804,000 jobs, recovering 74% of the losses incurred during earlier stages of the pandemic.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Unchanged in October, Says ABC

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:39 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1—National nonresidential construction spending was virtually unchanged in October, 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 $792.4 billion for the month.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Remain Stable in October, Says ABC

Friday, November 13, 2020 9:45 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13—Construction input prices remained virtually unchanged in October 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 also remained unchanged for the month.

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