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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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ABC Pelican Chapter President Testifies on Importance of Career and Technical Education in Construction

Friday, September 20, 2013 11:11 AM
Washington, D.C. – In testimony today before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Pelican Chapter President Alvin Bargas discussed the importance of career and technical education (CTE) programs to the construction industry. 
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Associated Builders and Contractors to Host Forum for Industrial Project Delivery Best Practices Oct. 22-23

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 4:13 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced it will host its first Industrial Users Summit, Oct. 22-23, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas. The event will bring together industrial construction users and merit shop contractors to discuss common issues that affect the way projects are planned and delivered.
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Construction Materials Prices Remain Stable, Rise Only 0.3 Percent in August

Friday, September 13, 2013 11:46 AM
Construction materials prices rose only 0.3 percent in August and are up 1.4 percent year over year, according to the Sept. 13 Producer Price Index release by the Department of Labor. In addition, nonresidential construction materials increased 0.5 percent for the month and are 1.2 percent higher than one year ago.
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Nonresidential Construction Employment Dips in August

Friday, September 6, 2013 11:19 AM
While overall national construction employment remained unchanged in August, nonresidential construction lost 3,300 jobs, according to the Sept. 6 employment report by the U.S. Department of Labor. Construction industry employment has grown 3 percent, adding 168,000 jobs, since the same time last year. Nonresidential construction accounted for 42 percent of that growth—making August a deviation from what generally has been a positive nonresidential construction employment trend.
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Appeals Court Again Rules Against Biased NLRB Poster Rule

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 5:33 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today is applauding U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruling to deny a request by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to review a decision to invalidate the NLRB’s August 2011 “Notification of Employee Rights” rule. Today’s decision comes on the heels of an Aug. 12 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to deny a similar NLRB request.
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Construction Spending Rises 0.6 Percent in July

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 12:08 PM
The nation’s builders were busy in July as construction spending increased 0.6 percent to $900.8 billion—the largest upswing in four years—according to the Sept. 3 report by the U.S. Commerce Department. Nonresidential construction spending also rose 0.6 percent in July, but is down 0.8 percent compared to one year ago.
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ABC and Safety Coalition Concerned with OSHA’s Proposed Crystalline Silica Rule

Thursday, August 29, 2013 10:02 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and members of the newly formed Construction Industry Safety Coalition, a group of national construction industry trade associations, expressed concern over a proposal from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) addressing crystalline silica exposure in the construction industry.
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Associated Builders and Contractors Criticizes New DOL Regulations for Federal Contractors

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 11:27 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today criticized two final rules from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) that drastically alter federal contractors’ existing affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations for veterans and individuals with disabilities.  
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Second Quarter Construction Backlog Jumps 3.9 Percent

Monday, August 19, 2013 4:25 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today reports its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) rose 3.9 percent during the second quarter of 2013 and now stands at 8.2 months, up from 7.9 months the previous quarter. Construction backlog is up 6.6 percent compared to the same time last year. CBI reflects the amount of commercial and industrial construction work under contract, but not yet completed.
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Construction Materials Prices Remain Flat in July

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 11:05 AM
Construction materials prices were unchanged in July but are up 2 percent year over year, according to the latest Producer Price Index release by the U.S. Labor Department. Nonresidential construction materials prices were down 0.1 percent for the month and are 1.8 percent higher than one year ago.
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