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News Release 2023

ABC: A Record 88% of the US Construction Industry Workforce Does Not Belong to a Union

Thursday, January 19, 2023 2:24 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19—Associated Builders and Contractors released the following remarks today regarding the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual Union Members Summary. According to 2022 data, the percent of construction industry wage and salary workers belonging to unions dropped to a record low of 11.7%, a decline from 12.6% in 2021.

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Inflation Easing: Monthly Construction Input Prices Drop 2.7% in December, Says ABC

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 9:18 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18—Construction input prices fell 2.7% in December compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices also declined 2.7% for the month.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Flat in December at Highest Level Since Q2 2019

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10—Associated Builders and Contractors reports today that its Construction Backlog Indicator remained unchanged at 9.2 months in December, according to an ABC member survey conducted Dec. 20, 2022, to Jan. 5, 2023. The reading is one month higher than in December 2021.

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ABC and Procore Announce Strategic Partnership

Monday, January 9, 2023 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9—Associated Builders and Contractors and leading global construction management software provider Procore, headquartered in Carpinteria, California, today announced they will expand their years-long relationship through a strategic partnership that will provide ABC members with trusted, innovative technologies and solutions to help better develop their people, win more work, create safer jobsites and increase profitability. Procore is the only ABC strategic partner that is a technology solutions provider.

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Construction Employment Up By 28,000 in December, Says ABC

Friday, January 6, 2023 9:36 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6—The construction industry added 28,000 jobs on net in December, 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 risen by 231,000 jobs or 3.1%.

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ABC: Construction Job Openings Flat in November

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 11:27 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4—The construction industry registered 388,000 job openings in November, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. JOLTS defines a job opening as any unfilled position for which an employer is actively recruiting. Industry job openings declined by 2,000 last month but are up 22,000 from the same time last year.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Increases 1% in November, Says ABC

Tuesday, January 3, 2023 11:09 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3—National nonresidential construction spending grew 0.9% in November, 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 $930.1 billion for the month.

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