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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 Contractor Confidence Surges into 2020, Says ABC

Thursday, January 23, 2020 9:00 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23—Confidence among U.S. construction industry leaders increased in November 2019 with respect to sales, profit margins and staffing, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Confidence Index released today. Sales and profit margin expectations reached their highest levels since May 2019, while staffing expectations reached their highest level since April 2019.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Dips in November

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell slightly to 8.8 months in November, a 1.5% decline from October’s reading.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Rise Slightly in December, Says ABC

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 11:41 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15—Construction input prices rose 0.2% in December 2019 and are up 1.0% year over year, 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 0.3% for the month and are also up 1.0% since December 2018.

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November Construction Unemployment Rates Rise From a Year Ago, Says ABC

Monday, January 6, 2020 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6—In November, estimated not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates increased nationally and in 38 states, fell in 11 states and were unchanged in one state (Washington) 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 Rebounds in October, Says ABC

Thursday, December 19, 2019 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19—Leaders of the U.S. construction industry regained a degree of confidence in October 2019 with respect to near-term prospects for sales and profit margins, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Confidence Index released today. However, contractors became slightly less confident regarding their staffing levels during the next six months.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Flat in October

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator remained virtually unchanged at 8.9 months in October, up just 0.2% from September’s reading.

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Construction Input Prices Down in November, Says ABC

Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:04 AM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12—Construction input prices decreased 0.5% in November and are down 1.1% year over year, 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 decreased 0.4% for the month and are down 1.0% since November 2018.  

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Rises in November, Says ABC

Friday, December 6, 2019 10:19 AM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6—The construction industry added 1,000 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. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has expanded by 146,000 jobs, an increase of 2.0%. 

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ABC’s 2020 Construction Economic Forecast: Momentum Persists, Despite Uncertainties

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 12:39 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4—Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu forecasts continued momentum for the construction sector next year but advised an overall “wait-and-see” approach based on leading and lagging indicators and economic uncertainties, according to a 2020 economic outlook published in Construction Executive magazine.

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October Construction Unemployment Rates Rise From a Year Ago, Says ABC

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3—In October, estimated not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates increased nationally and in 34 states, fell in 13 states and were unchanged in three states 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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