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News Releases 2017

Construction Lost Jobs in December

Friday, January 6, 2017 11:30 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 6—National construction employment declined by 3,000 net jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in December, according to analysis of  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).  Read the rest of entry »

Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 38 States Year-Over-Year

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 9:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 4—November not seasonally adjusted (NSA) construction unemployment rates were down in 38 states and the nation on a year-over-year basis, according to analysis released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The rates for two states, Kansas and Texas, were unchanged from November 2015. The national NSA construction unemployment rate of 5.7 percent was down 0.5 percent from a year ago and unchanged from October, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Spending Thrives in Strong November Spending Report

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 12:58 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 3—Nonresidential construction surged in November, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Nonresidential spending expanded to $712.4 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized rate in November, representing the highest level of spending in eight years. Read the rest of entry »

Gaylor Electric President Chuck Goodrich Begins Term as ABC National Chair

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 10:48 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 3 – Chuck Goodrich, president of Gaylor Electric Inc., an Indianapolis-based, national electrical contractor, began his term as the 2017 chair of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) on Jan. 1, 2017. As chair, Goodrich will guide the 21,000-member association’s national initiatives and lead ABC’s Executive Committee and 170-member Board of Directors. Read the rest of entry »
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