ABC issues news releases on the latest workforce, policy and industry issues, as well as construction-related economic data and trends. Commercial and industrial construction economic analyses include federal data on construction spending, employment, GDP and the Producer Price Index, as well as state-by-state construction unemployment estimates.

In addition, ABC produces the Construction Backlog Indicator, the only economic indicator that reflects the amount of work that will be performed by commercial and industrial construction contractors in the months ahead, and the Construction Confidence Index, a diffusion index that signals construction contractors’ expectations for sales, profit margins and staffing levels. ABC construction economic releases are published according to this schedule 

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Construction Job Growth Steady in June, Says ABC

Friday, July 5, 2019 10:55 AM
WASHINGTON, July 5 – The construction industry added 21,000 net new jobs in June, 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, employment in the industry has expanded by 224,000 jobs, representing an increase of 3.1%. Nonresidential construction employment gained 14,900 net jobs in June and is up 146,700 jobs during the last 12 months.  Read the rest of entry »

May Construction Unemployment Rates Down in 46 States Year Over Year, Says ABC

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 9:25 AM
 WASHINGTON, July 3—In May, estimated not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates fell nationally and in 46 states 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. Three states (Michigan, South Dakota and Vermont) had no change, while only Hawaii increased, rising from 5% in May 2018 to 5.2% in the most recent report. (Note that the unemployment rate for Hawaii is for construction, mining and logging combined.) Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Construction Spending Slips Modestly in May, Says ABC

Monday, July 1, 2019 12:33 PM
WASHINGTON, July 1—According to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data published today, national nonresidential construction spending declined 0.9% in May, totaling $788.5 billion on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis and a 4.4% increase compared to the same time last year. While total public and private nonresidential spending declined 0.9% since April, public spending was up 11.2% and private spending was down 0.1% year over year. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Contractors Confidence Remains Elevated in April, Says ABC

Thursday, June 20, 2019 9:42 AM
WASHINGTON, June 20—Despite ongoing concerns about skilled worker shortages and volatile materials prices, construction executives remain bullish about the prospects for the nonresidential construction sector, according to Associated Builders and Contractors’ April 2019 Construction Confidence Index released today. Read the rest of entry »

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Contracts in April

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 9:21 AM
WASHINGTON, June 18—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell to 8.7 months in April 2019, down 0.8 months or 9% since March, when CBI stood at 9.5 months. Read the rest of entry »

ABC VP Greg Sizemore Appointed to OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

Monday, June 17, 2019 9:30 AM
WASHINGTON, June 17—Associated Builders and Contractors announced today that Greg Sizemore, ABC’s vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development, has been appointed to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health. ACCSH provides the U.S. Department of Labor with guidance to improve workplace safety and health in the construction industry.  Read the rest of entry »

Construction Input Prices See Slight Increase in May, says ABC

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 10:53 AM
WASHINGTON, June 11—Construction input prices rose slightly by 0.3% in May on a monthly basis and are up 0.6% over the last 12 months, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today. Nonresidential input prices were also up 0.3% compared to the previous month and are 1.1% higher than they were a year ago.  Read the rest of entry »

Construction Employment Sees Modest Gains in May, Says ABC

Friday, June 7, 2019 11:01 AM
WASHINGTON, June 7 – The construction industry added 4,000 net new jobs in May, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, construction employment has expanded by 215,000 jobs, an increase of 3.0%.Nonresidential employment lost 1,500 net jobs last month but is up by 136,000 jobs compared to the same time last year.  Read the rest of entry »

ABC Names the Top-performing Contractors in U.S. Commercial and Industrial Construction

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 10:06 AM
WASHINGTON, June 4—Associated Builders and Contractors today released its 2019 Top Performers lists, which recognize ABC member contractors’ achievements in safety, quality, diversity and project excellence ranked by work hours, with special designations identified. Published as a supplement to Construction Executivemagazine, the lists identify the Top 150 Performers, Top 50 Performers with Special Designations and Top 20 Performers by Region. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Applauds Passage of Texas Law Ensuring Fair and Open Competition

Monday, June 3, 2019 3:00 PM
WASHINGTON, June 3—Associated Builders and Contractors today praised Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) for signing the Neutrality in State Government Contracting bill (HB 985), which protects Texas taxpayers by ensuring all of Texas’ skilled construction workforce can compete on a level playing field for public works contracts to build projects utilizing state funding or credit. Read the rest of entry »