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From the monthly archives: October 2019

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Rebounds in August

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 9:45 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator climbed to 9.0 months in August 2019, up 0.5 months or 5.4% from July 2019 when CBI stood at 8.5 months.

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Construction Input Prices Slide in September, Says ABC

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 10:01 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8Construction input prices fell 0.6% in September and are down 1.7% year-over-year, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices fell 0.7% for the month and are down 1.4% compared to the same time last year.

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Rises in September, Says ABC

Friday, October 4, 2019 10:09 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 – The construction industry added 7,000 net new jobs in September, 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 expanded by 156,000 jobs, an increase of 2.1%. 

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August Construction Unemployment Rates Up From a Year Ago, Says ABC

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2—In August, estimated not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates rose nationally and in 31 states, fell in 13 states and remained unchanged in six on a year-over-year basis, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. For the fourth month in a row, the construction unemployment rates for all 50 states were below 10%.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Down in August, Says ABC

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 11:43 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1—National nonresidential construction spending declined 0.4% in August, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data published today. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, spending totaled $773.8 billion, 0.3% higher than in August 2018.

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