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From monthly archives: February 2016

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Construction Material Prices Continue to Plunge in January

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 12:40 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 17—Construction input prices fell by 0.6 percent during January 2016 according to an analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index released today by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).  Construction input prices are down 2.7 percent from January 2015 and have now decreased on a year-over-year basis for 14 consecutive months. Read the rest of entry »

More Than 200 Top Craftworkers to Compete at ABC’s National Craft Championships

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 8:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 16– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that more than 200 of the top construction apprentices and trainees in the country will compete in this year’s National Craft Championships, March 2-3 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Praises State AGs' Opposition to Flawed Persuader Rule

Monday, February 8, 2016 4:59 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 8 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement in support of a letter sent to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Administrator Howard Shelanski by 13 state attorneys general opposing the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed Persuader Advice Exemption Rule (“persuader rule”). Read the rest of entry »

Construction Unemployment Rose in January

Friday, February 5, 2016 11:36 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 5—The U.S. construction industry’s unemployment rate rose to 8.5 percent in January, the highest level since March of 2015, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The unemployment rate across all industries shed a tenth of a percentage point and now sits at 4.9 percent, the lowest level since February of 2008. Read the rest of entry »

Associated Builders and Contractors Announces New Government Affairs Team Leads

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 11:47 AM
AssociatedBuilders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that it has promoted two staffers to lead its government affairs team. Ben Brubeck will serve as ABC’s vice president of regulatory, labor and state affairs; and Kristen Swearingen will serve as vice president of legislative and political affairs. 
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December Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 32 States from 2014

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 10:00 AM
Unusually mild weather in much of the country persisted in December benefiting construction and reducing the size of the normal seasonal increase in construction unemployment rates. December marked the warmest, or one of the warmest, Decembers on record for most cities in the eastern half of the country. Not seasonally adjusted (NSA) construction unemployment rates for the country and 32 states were lower than in December 2014. The construction unemployment rates for three states—Illinois, Minnesota and Nebraska—were unchanged from a year ago. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Spending Falls Again in December

Monday, February 1, 2016 2:18 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. Feb. 1—Nonresidential construction spending dipped for a second consecutive month, falling 0.4 percent on a monthly basis in December, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Nonresidential construction spending totaled $681.2 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis. November’s nonresidential construction spending estimate was revised lower by 0.6 percent to $683.7 billion.  Read the rest of entry »