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From monthly archives: August 2013

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ABC and Safety Coalition Concerned with OSHA’s Proposed Crystalline Silica Rule

Thursday, August 29, 2013 10:02 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and members of the newly formed Construction Industry Safety Coalition, a group of national construction industry trade associations, expressed concern over a proposal from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) addressing crystalline silica exposure in the construction industry.
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Associated Builders and Contractors Criticizes New DOL Regulations for Federal Contractors

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 11:27 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today criticized two final rules from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) that drastically alter federal contractors’ existing affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations for veterans and individuals with disabilities.  
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Construction Materials Prices Remain Flat in July

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 11:05 AM
Construction materials prices were unchanged in July but are up 2 percent year over year, according to the latest Producer Price Index release by the U.S. Labor Department. Nonresidential construction materials prices were down 0.1 percent for the month and are 1.8 percent higher than one year ago.
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Second Quarter Construction Backlog Jumps 3.9 Percent

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 9:00 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today reports its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) rose 3.9 percent during the second quarter of 2013 and now stands at 8.2 months, up from 7.9 months the previous quarter. Construction backlog is up 6.6 percent compared to the same time last year. CBI reflects the amount of commercial and industrial construction work under contract, but not yet completed.
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Construction Unemployment Dips 0.7 Percent in July Despite 6,000 Job Losses

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 11:46 AM
Despite the loss of 6,000 jobs, the nation’s construction industry unemployment rate dipped to 9.1 percent in July on a non-seasonally adjusted rate, according to the U.S. Labor Department’s Aug. 2 employment report. That is down from 9.8 percent in June and 12.3 percent the same time last year. Overall, the construction labor force expanded from 8.08 million in July 2012 to 8.43 million in July 2013.
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Associated Builders and Contractors Launches Congressional Recess Grassroots Campaign

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 11:32 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) launched a national grassroots campaign to run concurrently with the congressional recess. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage ABC’s 22,000 members to meet with their elected representatives Aug. 3 through Sept. 8 to discuss issues and legislation important to the construction industry.
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