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From monthly archives: April 2013

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Nonresidential Fixed Investment in Structures Slips 0.3 Percent in First Quarter 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013 10:39 AM
Evidence that the nation’s economy is being fueled by consumer purchases, nonresidential fixed investment grew 2.1 percent in the first quarter of this year, with 3 percent growth in equipment and software investments partially offset by a 0.3 percent decrease in investment in structures, according to April 26 report by the Commerce Department on gross domestic product (GDP).
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Taxpayers Save More Than $6 Million on DOL's New Hampshire Job Corps Center: ABC Contractor Awarded Contract without PLA

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 1:05 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today celebrated a victory after the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) awarded Eckman Construction Company a $31.6 million contract to build a DOL Job Corps Center in Manchester, N.H., after removing a controversial government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) from the federal project’s solicitation for construction services. Eckman Construction Company, Bedford N.H., submitted a bid that was more than $6 million below the lowest offer when the project was subjected to a PLA. 
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Worker Cap in Senate Immigration Reform Fails to Meet Needs of Construction Industry

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 9:49 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate introduction of immigration reform legislation: “We congratulate the senators on taking this important first step toward fixing our broken immigration system in the United States,” said ABC Vice President of Federal Affairs Geoff Burr. 
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Construction Materials Prices Flat in March

Friday, April 12, 2013 11:57 AM
National construction materials prices were flat in March and are 0.9 percent higher year over year, according to the Labor Department’s April 12 Producer Price Index report. Nonresidential construction materials prices slipped 0.2 percent for the month, but are up 0.2 percent compared to one year ago.
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ABC Critical of President Obama's Renomination of NLRB Chairman

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 3:53 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today criticized President Obama’s renomination of Mark Pearce to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as a move to promote the narrow policy goals of politically powerful labor unions.  
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Construction Industry Unemployment Drops to 14.7 Percent in March

Friday, April 5, 2013 12:48 PM
The construction industry unemployment rate fell to 14.7 percent in March, down from 15.7 percent in February, according to the April 5 employment report by the U.S. Department of Labor. The nation added 18,000 new construction jobs in March. Year-over-year, the construction industry workforce has expanded by 2.9 percent, or 162,000 jobs.
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Nonresidential Construction Spending up 0.7 Percent in February

Monday, April 1, 2013 12:44 PM
As a sign of an improving economy, the nation’s nonresidential construction spending rose 0.7 percent in February, according to the April 1 construction spending report by the U.S. Commerce Department. Total nonresidential construction spending presently stands at $575.6 billion on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, and is up 2.6 percent from one year ago.
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