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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. 

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. Methodology for both indicators can be found hereABC construction economic releases are published according to this schedule 

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Nonresidential Construction Sheds 22,600 Jobs in June Due Largely to Worker Shortages, Says ABC

Friday, July 2, 2021 9:49 AM

WASHINGTON, July 2—The construction industry lost 7,000 jobs on net in June, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Despite that setback, the industry has recovered 875,000 (78.6%) of the jobs lost during the earlier stages of the pandemic.

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ABC: Partisan House-passed Infrastructure Package Hurts American Workers and Small Businesses

Thursday, July 1, 2021 4:46 PM

WASHINGTON, July 1—Associated Builders and Contractors strongly opposes H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act, a partisan infrastructure bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives today by a vote of 221-201. H.R. 3684 is a $715 billion surface transportation reauthorization and water infrastructure bill that represents House Democrat’s attempt to reauthorize the expiring 2015 Fast Act.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Down 0.7% in May, Says ABC

Thursday, July 1, 2021 11:22 AM

WASHINGTON, July 1—National nonresidential construction spending declined 0.7% in May, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, nonresidential spending totaled $784.5 billion for the month.

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ABC: A Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Should Welcome the Entire Construction Industry to Rebuild America

Thursday, June 24, 2021 4:11 PM

WASHINGTON, June 24—Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman today released the following statement regarding President Biden’s announcement signaling a bipartisan agreement on a $953 billion infrastructure plan.

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ABC Awards Four Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Initiative Grants

Thursday, June 24, 2021 10:50 AM

WASHINGTON, June 24—Associated Builders and Contractor today announced that it has awarded an Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Initiative Grant to ABC of Michigan and its Greater Houston, Ohio Valley and Pacific Northwest chapters.

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ABC Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer

Thursday, June 17, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, June 17—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced P. Bianca Domally has joined the association as chief financial officer.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Inches Higher in May; Materials and Labor Shortages Suppress Contractor Confidence

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, June 15— Associated Builders and Contractors reports today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 8.0 months in May, according to an ABC member survey conducted from May 20 to June 2, 0.1 months higher than in April 2021 and May 2020.

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Construction Input Prices Rise 4.6% in May; Softwood Lumber Prices Up 154% From a Year Ago, Says ABC

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 9:45 AM

WASHINGTON, June 15—Construction input prices increased 4.6% in May compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices increased 4.8% for the month.

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Construction Groups See Biden Administration’s Decision to Exclude Construction From the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard a Smart One

Thursday, June 10, 2021 2:35 PM

WASHINGTON, June 10—The Construction Industry Safety Coalition today issued the following statement on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s decision to apply an Emergency Temporary Standard on COVID-19 only to the healthcare industry.  

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ABC Member Testifies to Congress: President Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Would Devastate Small Business

Thursday, June 10, 2021 12:29 PM

WASHINGTON, June 10—Today, Annie Mecias-Murphy, co-owner and president of Associated Builders and Contractors member JA&M Developing Corp., headquartered in Pembroke Pines, Florida, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure on the negative impacts that the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan would have on small business contractors.

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