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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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Construction Employment Surges in February to Near Pre-Pandemic Levels, Says ABC

Friday, March 4, 2022 9:42 AM

WASHINGTON, March 4—The construction industry added 60,000 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. Overall, the industry has recovered virtually all (99.0%) of the jobs lost during earlier stages of the pandemic.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Growth Weak in January, Says ABC

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 12:04 PM

WASHINGTON, March 1 — National nonresidential construction spending was up 1.3% in January, 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 $838.9 billion for the month.

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ABC: Construction Industry Faces Workforce Shortage of 650,000 in 2022

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23—The construction industry will need to attract nearly 650,000 additional workers on top of the normal pace of hiring in 2022 to meet the demand for labor, according to a model developed by Associated Builders and Contractors.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Rise in January, Says ABC

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 10:27 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15—Construction input prices rose 3.5% in January 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 increased 3.1% for the month.

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