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ABC, CISC Caution OSHA About Emergency Temporary Standard on COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing

Monday, September 27, 2021 5:20 PM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27—Associated Builders and Contractors, a steering committee member of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition, released the following statement on CISC’s letter sent today to James Frederick, acting assistant secretary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, voicing concerns related to OSHA’s forthcoming COVID-19 vaccination and testing Emergency Temporary Standard, which will apply to employers with 100 or more employees as required by President Biden’s Path Out of the Pandemic COVID-19 Action Plan.

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Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate Guidance Raises Concerns, Says ABC

Friday, September 24, 2021 3:36 PM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24—Associated Builders and Contractors released the following statement in response to guidance issued today by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force about what is required of federal contractors with respect to a vaccine mandate for employees as a result of President Biden’s Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Plummets in August; Contractor Confidence Down

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14—Associated Builders and Contractors reports today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell sharply to 7.7 months in August, according to an ABC member survey conducted Aug. 19 to Sept. 1. The reading is down 0.8 months from July 2021 and down 0.3 months from August 2020.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Inch Lower in August, But Are Still Elevated Year Over Year, Says ABC

Friday, September 10, 2021 10:22 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10—Construction input prices declined 0.6% in August 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 fell 0.4% for the month.

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ABC and Procore Announce Partnership to Provide Construction Management Solutions for ABC Members

Thursday, September 9, 2021 7:55 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9—Associated Builders and Contractors and Procore Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: PCOR), a leading provider of construction management software, today announced a partnership that provides ABC chapters and members exclusive discounted pricing on their new purchases of Procore products and services.

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Nonresidential Construction Loses 20,300 Jobs in August, Says ABC

Friday, September 3, 2021 10:04 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3—The construction industry lost 3,000 jobs on net in August, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Despite the monthly setback, the industry has recovered 881,000 (79.2%) of the jobs lost during earlier stages of the pandemic.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Weak in July, Says ABC

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 10:55 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1—National nonresidential construction spending expanded 0.1% in July, 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 $786.7 billion for the month.

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Construction Input Prices Up 23.1% Year Over Year, Says ABC

Thursday, August 12, 2021 9:23 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12—Construction input prices rose 0.6% in July, 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 0.8% for the month.

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ABC Responds to Senate Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 11:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which passed the U.S. Senate today by a vote of 69 to 30. The bill would provide $550 billion in new infrastructure investments.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Flat in July; Contractor Confidence Falls

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10—Associated Builders and Contractors reports today that its Construction Backlog Indicator remained unchanged at 8.5 months in July, according to an ABC member survey conducted July 20-Aug. 2, up 0.7 months from July 2020.

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Nonresidential Construction Adds Only 2,900 Jobs in July, Says ABC

Friday, August 6, 2021 9:36 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6—The nation’s construction industry added 11,000 jobs on net in July, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, the industry has recovered 886,000 (79.6%) of the jobs lost during earlier stages of the pandemic.

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ABC Recognizes Bipartisan Achievements in Infrastructure Bill, Cautions Against Anti-Competitive Language

Monday, August 2, 2021 5:14 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement on the 2,702-page Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act set to pass the U.S. Senate later this week. 

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Down Nearly 1% in June, Says ABC

Monday, August 2, 2021 11:49 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2—National nonresidential construction spending declined 0.9% in June, 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 $779.9 billion for the month, down 6.6% from one year ago.

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ABC: Newly Confirmed Members Threaten NLRB’s Role as Neutral Arbiter of the Law

Thursday, July 29, 2021 11:16 AM

WASHINGTON, July 29—Following the U.S. Senate confirmation of President Biden’s nominees to serve as members of the National Labor Relations Board, Associated Builders and Contractors issued the following statement.

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U.S. Economy Expands in Second Quarter, Investment in Structures Contracts, Says ABC

Thursday, July 29, 2021 10:18 AM

WASHINGTON, July 29–The U.S. economy expanded at a 6.5% annualized rate in the second quarter of 2021, pushing overall gross domestic product above pre-pandemic levels. Investment in nonresidential structures, however, declined 7% for the quarter and has now contracted in six of the past seven quarters, according to an analysis by Associated Builders and Contractors of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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ABC: DOL’s Decision to Rescind 2020 Joint Employer Final Rule Disappointing, But Not Surprising

Thursday, July 29, 2021 9:22 AM

WASHINGTON, July 29—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Labor’s rescission of the Joint Employer Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act final rule.

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State Construction Unemployment Rates Down in 45 States From a Year Ago, Says ABC

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, July 28—The not seasonally adjusted national construction unemployment rate was down 2.6% in June 2021 from a year ago and 45 states had lower unemployment rates over the same period, according to state-by-state analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. Although not back to pre-pandemic levels, both overall employment and construction employment have demonstrated significant improvement during the past year.

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ABC to Senate: The PRO Act Is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Thursday, July 22, 2021 8:50 AM

WASHINGTON, July 22—Ahead of today’s U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions’ hearing on the Protect the Right to Organize Act, Associated Builders and Contractors released the following statement.

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Construction Input Prices Rise 2.8% in June, Says ABC

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 9:33 AM

WASHINGTON, July 14—Construction input prices increased 2.8% in June compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of Producer Price Index data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nonresidential construction input prices increased 2.9% for the month.

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ABC-Led Coalition Announces Six-Figure Advocacy Campaign

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 9:00 PM

WASHINGTON, July 14—Build America Local, a coalition of construction industry and business organizations led by Associated Builders and Contractors, today announced a six-figure issue advocacy campaign aimed at educating Americans and members of the U.S. Senate about controversial  government-mandated project labor agreements that reduce competition and increase costs for the construction of taxpayer-funded affordable housing, clean energy and infrastructure projects across America.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator and Contractor Confidence Index Rise in June

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, July 13—Associated Builders and Contractors reports today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 8.5 months in June, according to an ABC member survey conducted June 20-July 6, 0.5 months higher than in May 2021 and 0.4 months higher than in June 2020.

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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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ABC Announces Director of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, June 8—Associated Builders and Contractors announced today that Tia Perry, formerly ABC’s director of business development and partnerships, will now serve as its director of inclusion, diversity and equity in support of ABC’s 69 chapters and 21,000 members.

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Construction Employment Decreases in May; Labor and Materials Shortages Frustrate Job Growth, Says ABC

Friday, June 4, 2021 10:00 AM

WASHINGTON, June 4—The construction industry lost 20,000 jobs on net in May, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, the industry has recovered 888,000 (79.8%) of the jobs lost during earlier stages of the pandemic.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Decreases 0.5% in April, Says ABC

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 10:09 AM

WASHINGTON, June 1—National nonresidential construction spending declined 0.5% in April, 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 $786.2 billion for the month.

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ABC’s Sizemore Appointed to Serve on OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

Thursday, May 27, 2021 11:41 AM

WASHINGTON, May 27—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced that Greg Sizemore, ABC vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development, has been appointed by the U.S. Department of Labor to serve as a representative for U.S. construction employers on the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, which provides advice and assistance to the assistant secretary on occupational safety and health in construction standards.

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Survey: ABC Members Invested $1.3 Billion in Construction Workforce Education in 2020

Monday, May 24, 2021 9:45 AM

WASHINGTON, May 24—According to the results of the Associated Builders and Contractors 2021 Workforce Development Survey, ABC contractor members invested $1.3 billion in workforce development initiatives in 2020, providing craft, leadership and safety education to 500,000 course attendees to advance their careers in commercial and industrial construction.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Rise 1.3% in April, Says ABC

Thursday, May 13, 2021 9:53 AM

WASHINGTON, May 13—Construction input prices increased 1.3% in April 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 1.6% for the month.

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ABC to the White House: Do Not Exclude 87% of America’s Construction Industry From Your Infrastructure Plan

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 11:45 AM

WASHINGTON, May 11—Today, Associated Builders and Contractors and more than 900 member companies and chapters from 47 states sent a letter to the White House highlighting concerns with President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan and recommendations to improve it, streamlining the permitting process and supporting bipartisan workforce development efforts. The letter also voiced strong opposition to the Protect the Right to Organize Act.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Inches Up in April; Contractor Optimism Slips

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 9:45 AM

WASHINGTON, May 11— Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 7.9 months in April, according to an ABC member survey conducted April 20-May 5, 0.1 months higher than in March 2021 and April 2020.

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Construction Employment Unchanged in April, Says ABC

Friday, May 7, 2021 10:17 AM

WASHINGTON, May 7—Construction industry employment remained unchanged in April, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the last year, the industry has added 917,000 jobs, recovering 82.4% of the jobs lost during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ABC Slams DOL Withdrawal of Independent Contractor Rule

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:46 PM

WASHINGTON, May 5—Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs Ben Brubeck released the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Labor’s announcement that it will withdraw the independent contractor rule.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Decreases 1.1% in March, Says ABC

Monday, May 3, 2021 11:45 AM

WASHINGTON, May 3—National nonresidential construction spending declined 1.1% in March, 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 $778.5 billion for the month.

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ABC’s 2021 Safety Performance Report: Construction Companies Can Be 655% Safer With These Best Practices, Says ABC Report

Friday, April 30, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, April 30—Today, Associated Builders and Contractors announced the findings in its 2021 Safety Performance Report, an annual assessment that furthers the construction industry’s understanding of how to achieve world-class safety by deploying its STEP Safety Management System. Published to coincide with Construction Safety Week, May 3-7, the annual report details the drastic impact of using proactive safety practices to reduce recordable incidents by up to 85%, making the best-performing companies more than six times safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry average.

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GDP and Construction: Investment in Nonresidential Structures Declines 4.8% in Q1, Says ABC

Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:11 AM

WASHINGTON, April 29The U.S. economy expanded at a 6.4% annualized rate during the first quarter of 2021; however, investment in nonresidential structures declined at a 4.8% rate for the quarter, according to analysis conducted by Associated Builders and Contractors of data released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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President Biden’s Tax Plan Would Hit Small and Family-owned Businesses the Hardest, Says ABC

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 5:44 PM

WASHINGTON, April 28—In response to reports that President Biden will tonight announce tax increases as he details his American Families Plan, Associated Builders and Contractors released the following statement.

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ABC Statement on President Biden’s First 100 Days in Office

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 12:50 PM

WASHINGTON, April 28—Ahead of President Joe Biden’s first congressional address, Associated Builders and Contractors issued the following statement from Michael Bellaman, its president and CEO, on key merit shop construction industry priorities that should be considered by the administration.

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Drop in State Construction Unemployment Rates Points to Industry Recovery, Says ABC

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, April 28—Construction employment is holding its own, although it is not back to pre-pandemic levels, according to state-by-state analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors for March 2021. These data show that on a year-over-year basis, the not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates rose nationally and in 33 states, fell in 15 states and were unchanged in two states, Oklahoma and Washington.

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ABC Reacts to Republican Lawmakers’ Infrastructure Framework

Thursday, April 22, 2021 3:56 PM

WASHINGTON, April 22—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement in reaction to the Republican lawmakers’ infrastructure framework.

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Clemson University Named Overall Winner of ABC Construction Management Competition

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 7:50 AM

WASHINGTON, April 14—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the winners of its annual Construction Management Competition, held virtually for 12 teams of undergraduate students from colleges and universities nationwide. Clemson University was named the overall winner of the 2021 competition, with the highest cumulative points in the five competition categories.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Slips in March; Contractor Optimism Continues to Improve

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, April 13—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell to 7.8 months in March, according to an ABC member survey conducted from March 22 to April 5, a decrease of 0.4 months from both the February 2021 and March 2020 readings.

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