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ABC: It’s Second Chance Month, and Construction is Looking to Hire Reentering Citizens

Monday, April 12, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, April 12—Associated Builders and Contractors is committed to shaping an industry that welcomes all people. As part of Second Chance Month, ABC has highlighted the programs, partnerships and involvement of its chapters and members across the country in educating, upskilling and hiring reentering citizens.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Rise in March, Says ABC

Friday, April 9, 2021 10:25 AM

WASHINGTON, April 9—Construction input prices rose 3.5% in March 2021, 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 also increased 3.5% for the month.

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DEWALT Named Program Sponsor of ABC’s National Student Chapter Network

Thursday, April 8, 2021 2:30 PM

WASHINGTON, April 8—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced that DEWALT, a Stanley Black & Decker brand and U.S. manufacturer of professional products, will power the National Student Chapter Network as the program sponsor for the next three years.

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Construction Adds 110,000 Jobs in March: Here Comes the Tsunami of Growth, Says ABC

Friday, April 2, 2021 9:45 AM

WASHINGTON, April 2—The construction industry added 110,000 jobs in March, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry has added 931,000 jobs since April 2020, recovering 83.6% of the jobs lost during earlier stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Down 1.3% in February, Says ABC

Thursday, April 1, 2021 11:33 AM

WASHINGTON, April 1—National nonresidential construction spending declined 1.3% in February, 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 $789.5 billion for the month.

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ABC Calls for Fair and Open Competition, Bipartisan Ideas in Infrastructure Plan

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 11:42 AM

WASHINGTON, March 31—Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman today issued the following statement responding to President Biden’s announcement of a multitrillion-dollar infrastructure plan.

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ABC and Milwaukee Tool Announce Strategic Partnership

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, March 31—Associated Builders and Contractors and leading tool manufacturer Milwaukee® Tool, headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, today announced a strategic partnership that will provide ABC chapters and contractor members with solutions for a safer, profitable and more productive jobsite. Milwaukee Tool is the only manufacturer of power tools, hand tools, storage and accessories to be named as an ABC strategic partner.

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ABC Announces New Director of National Craft Championships

Thursday, March 25, 2021 1:31 PM

WASHINGTON, March 25—Associated Builders and Contractors announced today that it has hired Jarrell Jackson as the director of ABC’s National Craft Championships and Construction Workforce Awards.

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ABC: The Construction Industry Needs to Hire an Additional 430,000 Craft Professionals in 2021

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 4:25 PM

WASHINGTON, March 23—In 2021, construction companies will need to hire 430,000 more workers than they employed in 2020, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. The analysis also revealed that every $1 billion in extra construction spending generates an average of at least 5,700 construction jobs.

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ABC Statement on Senate Confirmation of Mayor Marty Walsh as Labor Secretary

Monday, March 22, 2021 6:00 PM

WASHINGTON, March 22— Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman released the follow statement on U.S. Senate confirmation of Mayor Marty Walsh as the secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Rise 2.1% in February, Says ABC

Friday, March 12, 2021 9:44 AM

WASHINGTON, March 12—Construction input prices rose 2.1% in February 2021, 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 also increased 2.1% for the month.

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ABC Condemns Biden Administration’s Proposals to Rescind DOL’s Joint Employer and Independent Contractor Final Rules

Thursday, March 11, 2021 11:43 AM

WASHINGTON, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors released the following statement from Vice President of Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs Ben Brubeck on the Biden administration’s proposals to rescind the U.S. Department of Labor’s joint employer and independent contractor final rules.

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ABC Announces Awards for Top Construction Projects, Safety and Diversity Excellence, Contractor of the Year and Careers in Construction Honorees

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:50 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the winners of its annual national awards—the Excellence in Construction,® Safety and Diversity Excellence, Contractor of the Year and Construction Workforce Awards—during ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas.

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ABC Announces Award-Winning Construction Projects of 2020

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:50 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the presentation of the Excellence in Construction® Awards to 87 projects collectively worth nearly $2.7 billion during ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas, on March 10. The EIC awards program is the construction industry’s leading national competition that honors general and specialty contractors for world-class, safe and innovative construction projects from across the nation.

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ABC Announces National Safety Leaders in the Construction Industry

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:50 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the 39 winning contractor companies of the 2020 National Safety Excellence Awards, which were presented at the 31st annual Excellence in Construction® Awards during ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas, on March 10.

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ABC Announces 2020 National Diversity Excellence Award Winners

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:50 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors has named the winners of the 2020 National Diversity Excellence Awards, an annual recognition of ABC members that display exemplary diversity leadership in their company, workforce, supply chain and community with best-in-class recruitment policies, retention practices and training and mentoring programs. The winners were honored at the 31st annual Excellence in Construction® Awards at ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas.  

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Associated Builders and Contractors Names Big D Metalworks 2021 Contractor of the Year

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:50 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11Associated Builders and Contractors today named Big D Metalworks, headquartered in Dallas, as its 2021 Contractor of the Year, an award that recognizes companies for corporate integrity, commitment to safety, professional development and expert craftsmanship. The award was presented at the 31st annual Excellence in Construction® Awards gala during ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas, on March 10.

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ABC Names 2021 Craft Instructor of the Year

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:50 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced Todd Swan, a carpentry instructor for the Franklin County Career and Technology Center, a training affiliate of the ABC Cumberland Valley Chapter, was named the 2021 Craft Instructor of the Year. Swan was honored at ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas, on March 9.

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ABC Names the 2021 Craft Professional of the Year

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:00 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced Pat Willburn, senior superintendent, DynaTen Corp., Alvarado, Texas, was named the 2021 Craft Professional of the Year. Willburn was honored at ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas, on March 9.

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ABC Names the 2021 Young Professional of the Year

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:00 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced Jim Ellis, vice president, Price Electric, Robins, Iowa, received ABC’s 2021 Young Professional of the Year Award. Ellis was honored at ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas, on March 9.

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ABC Applauds NEPA Reform Bills to Modernize Permitting Process

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 2:50 PM

WASHINGTON, March 9—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement applauding Sen. Mike Lee (R - Utah) for introducing the UNSHACKLE Act, along with several other pieces of legislation, today to improve and modernize the federal permitting process under the National Environmental Policy Act.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Rose Sharply in February; Contractor Optimism Builds

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, March 9- Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 8.2 months in February, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Feb. 22 to March 3. This is up 0.7 months from January’s reading, but is still 0.7 months lower than in February 2020.

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ABC: House Vote on the PRO Act Would Strip Workers of Their Privacy, Freedom and Choice

Monday, March 8, 2021 2:45 PM

WASHINGTON, March 8—Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman today released the following statement strongly opposing the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (H.R. 842). The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the PRO Act this week.

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ABC Announces the 2021 Top Performing U.S. Commercial and Industrial Construction Member Companies

Monday, March 8, 2021 10:55 AM

WASHINGTON, March 8—Associated Builders and Contractors today released its third annual Top Performers lists, which recognize ABC member contractors’ achievements in safety, quality, diversity, project excellence and special designations, ranked by work hours.

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Decreases in February, Says ABC

Friday, March 5, 2021 9:43 AM

WASHINGTON, March 5—The construction industry lost 61,000 jobs on net in February, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the last ten months, the industry has added 805,000 jobs, recovering 72.3% of the jobs lost during the earlier stages of the pandemic.

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It’s Time to Overhaul the 90-year-old Davis-Bacon Act, Says ABC

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 9:00 AM

WASHINGTON, March 3—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement from Ben Brubeck, ABC vice president of regulatory, labor and state affairs, on the 90th anniversary of the Davis-Bacon Act, a 1931 law that requires contractors and subcontractors that perform work on federally funded or assisted construction contracts in excess of $2,000 to pay a government-determined prevailing wage and benefit rate on an hourly basis to on-site workers.

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ABC Opposes H.R. 1, an Attack on Free Speech

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 2:45 PM

WASHINGTON, March 2—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement from Vice President of Legislative & Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen voicing its strong opposition to H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021, which is expected to be voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 3.

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ABC Launches Construction Technology Marketplace to Grow Contractor Members’ Innovative Initiatives

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, March 2—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the launch of its inaugural Tech Marketplace, comprised of companies that provide construction technology and innovative digital solutions for ABC contractor members to advance and grow their technology strategies, offerings and abilities.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Stabilizes in January 2021, Down 5% Since January 2020, Says ABC

Monday, March 1, 2021 11:05 AM

WASHINGTON, March 1—National nonresidential construction spending increased 0.9% on a monthly basis in January 2021 but is down 5% since January 2020, 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 $799.1 billion for the month.

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ABC Applauds Bill to Increase Fair and Open Competition on Taxpayer-funded Construction Contracts

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 4:06 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24—Associated Builders and Contractors today voiced its strong support for the Fair and Open Competition Act (H.R. 1284 / S. 403), which was introduced today by Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.).

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Surge 2.5% in January, Says ABC

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 9:35 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17—Construction input prices increased 2.5% in January 2021 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 rose 2.1% for the month.

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ABC Statement on Senate Committee Vote Approving Nomination of Mayor Walsh as Labor Secretary

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 5:32 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11— Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman released the follow statement on the vote by the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to approve the nomination of Mayor Marty Walsh as secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Construction Backlog and Contractor Optimism Rise to Start 2021, According to ABC Member Survey

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 9:58 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb.9—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 7.5 months in January 2021, an increase of 0.2 months from its December 2020 reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Jan. 20 to Feb. 2. Despite the monthly uptick, backlog is 0.9 months lower than in January 2020.

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Nonresidential Construction Loses Jobs in January, Says ABC

Friday, February 5, 2021 10:43 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5—The construction industry lost 3,000 jobs on net in January 2021, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the last nine months, the industry has added 857,000 jobs, recovering 77% of the jobs lost during earlier pandemic stages.

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Congress’s Reintroduction of the PRO Act Will Do Anything But ‘Build Back Better,’ Says ABC

Thursday, February 4, 2021 3:48 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4—Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman released the follow statement today in response to Congress’s reintroduction of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act

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While State Construction Unemployment Rates End Poorly in 2020, Industry Continues to Perform Better Than Other Sectors Nationally, Says ABC

Thursday, February 4, 2021 9:44 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4—As the nation struggles with the economic effects from the COVID-19 pandemic, construction employment continues to perform better than many other occupational groups, according to a state-by-state analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. In December 2020, on a year-over-year basis, not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates rose nationally and in 48 states, and national NSA construction employment was down 125,000 from December 2019. However, national construction employment was only 3% below its pre-pandemic peak in February 2020 on a seasonally adjusted basis.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Dips Nearly 1% in December, Deepening a Monthslong Slump, Says ABC

Monday, February 1, 2021 11:44 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1—National nonresidential construction spending declined 0.8% in December 2020, 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 $790.2 billion for the month, 4.8% lower than in December 2019 but 3.8% higher than in December 2018.

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Investment in Nonresidential Structures Up a Meager 3% in Final Quarter of 2020, Says ABC

Thursday, January 28, 2021 9:12 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28The U.S. economy expanded at an annualized 4.0% rate in the fourth quarter of 2020 as the nation’s recovery from last spring’s economic devastation continued. Nonresidential investment in structures increased at a 3.0% annualized rate in the fourth quarter.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Increase in December, Says ABC

Friday, January 15, 2021 9:51 AM

Construction input prices increased 1.8% in December 2020 compared to the previous month, 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 rose 2.1% for the month.

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Contractor Optimism Improves as ABC’s Construction Backlog Inches Up in December

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 10:00 AM

Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rebounded modestly to 7.3 months in December, an increase of 0.1 months from November’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Dec. 18 to Jan. 5. Backlog is 1.5 months lower than in December 2019.

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A Bright Spot in Today’s Jobs Report: Nonresidential Construction Adds Jobs in December, Says ABC

Friday, January 8, 2021 10:36 AM

The construction industry added 51,000 net new jobs in December, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the last eight months, the industry has added 857,000 jobs, recovering 79.1% of the jobs lost during the earlier stages of the pandemic.

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ABC Issues Statement on the Nomination of Mayor Marty Walsh as Labor Secretary

Friday, January 8, 2021 9:45 AM

Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman released the follow statement on President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to run the U.S. Department of Labor

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ABC Supports Final DOL Revisions to Independent Contractor Status

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 10:55 AM

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 Independent Contractor Final Rule.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Declines in November, Says ABC

Monday, January 4, 2021 11:49 AM

National nonresidential construction spending fell 0.6% in November 2020, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, spending totaled $792.5 billion for the month.

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Arizona Is the No. 1 Merit Shop Construction State, According to ABC’s 2020 Scorecard

Thursday, December 17, 2020 2:25 PM

ABC released its 2020 Merit Shop Scorecard today, an annual ranking based on state policies and programs that encourage workforce development, strengthen career and technical education, grow careers in construction and promote fair and open competition for taxpayer-funded construction projects.

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ABC's 2021 Construction Economic Forecast: Recovery Shape Forms a 'W,' Recession Threat Remains

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 1:13 PM

Associated Builders and Contractors' Chief Economist Anirban Basu forecasts a recession threat for the construction sector next year, but has illuminated some potential economic bright spots, such as e-commerce and Class B office space, according to a 2021 economic outlook published in Construction Executive magazine.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Decreased in November, Says ABC

Friday, December 11, 2020 10:07 AM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11—Construction input prices fell 0.5% in November compared to the previous month, 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 0.4% for the month.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Plunges in November; Contractor Optimism Falters

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 12:00 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator declined to 7.2 months in November, a decrease of 0.5 months from October’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Nov. 20 to Dec. 2. Backlog is 1.7 months lower than in November 2019.

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Expands in November, Says ABC

Friday, December 4, 2020 3:25 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4—The construction industry added 27,000 net new jobs in November, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the last seven months, the industry has added 804,000 jobs, recovering 74% of the losses incurred during earlier stages of the pandemic.

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Construction Unemployment Rates Down in 20 States, Showing Regional Improvements in Jobs Numbers, Says ABC

Thursday, December 3, 2020 12:33 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3—Like most of the economy, construction, and therefore construction employment, was hit hard by the spread of COVID-19 and measures to limit the pandemic. However, construction performed better than many other occupational groups and has been relatively quick to rebound, though not back to its pre-COVID-19 levels, according to a state-by-state analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors.

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