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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. Please note, ABC's news releases on state construction unemployment have been temporarily paused. 

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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Second Quarter Construction Backlog Jumps 3.9 Percent

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 9:00 AM
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 Unemployment Dips 0.7 Percent in July Despite 6,000 Job Losses

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 11:46 AM
Despite the loss of 6,000 jobs, the nation’s construction industry unemployment rate dipped to 9.1 percent in July on a non-seasonally adjusted rate, according to the U.S. Labor Department’s Aug. 2 employment report. That is down from 9.8 percent in June and 12.3 percent the same time last year. Overall, the construction labor force expanded from 8.08 million in July 2012 to 8.43 million in July 2013.
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Associated Builders and Contractors Launches Congressional Recess Grassroots Campaign

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 11:32 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) launched a national grassroots campaign to run concurrently with the congressional recess. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage ABC’s 22,000 members to meet with their elected representatives Aug. 3 through Sept. 8 to discuss issues and legislation important to the construction industry.
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Nonresidential Fixed Investment in Structures Expands 4.6 Percent

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 11:55 AM
Nonresidential fixed investment in structures expanded 4.6 percent on an annualized basis during the second quarter of 2013, according to the July 31 gross domestic product (GDP) report by the U.S. Commerce Department. This increase followed a 4.6 percent decline in the first quarter of the year.
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White House Plan Would Mean Billion Dollar Tax Hike for Contractors, Small Businesses

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 4:59 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement in response to the White House corporate tax reform proposal unveiled by President Obama in Chattanooga, Tenn.
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Associated Builders and Contractors Founding Member of Group Focused on High Effective Tax Rates

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 11:37 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced it joined the Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates, which supports using effective tax rates, or the percentage of income businesses pay in taxes, as the clearest way to judge the impact of tax reform on businesses. 
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ABC to Move National Office to Capitol Hill

Friday, July 19, 2013 10:46 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced  it is relocating its national office from Arlington, Va. to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. ABC signed an 11-year lease with First Potomac Realty Trust for 19,830 square feet of office space at440 First Street, NW. 
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Construction Materials Prices Dip 0.1 Percent in June

Friday, July 12, 2013 11:03 AM
Year over year, construction materials prices are 1.5 percent higher. Nonresidential construction materials prices were unchanged in June, rose 0.1 percent for the quarter and increased 1.2 percent during the last 12 months.
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ABC and Maxwell Systems Sign Strategic Partnership Agreement

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 9:13 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced it has signed a strategic partnership with Maxwell Systems, a leading provider of construction management software solutions, expert services and best practices that empower contractors to eliminate waste and run a more efficient and profitable business.
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Nation’s Construction Industry Adds 13,000 Jobs in June

Friday, July 5, 2013 4:34 AM
In June, the nation’s construction industry unemployment rate fell to 9.8 percent for the first time since September 2007 with the addition of 13,000 jobs, according the July 5 report by the Department of Labor. Since June 2012, the industry has added 190,000 jobs—a 3.4 percent increase. Read the rest of entry »
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