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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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Construction Materials Prices Flat in March

Friday, April 12, 2013 11:57 AM
National construction materials prices were flat in March and are 0.9 percent higher year over year, according to the Labor Department’s April 12 Producer Price Index report. Nonresidential construction materials prices slipped 0.2 percent for the month, but are up 0.2 percent compared to one year ago.
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ABC Critical of President Obama's Renomination of NLRB Chairman

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 3:53 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today criticized President Obama’s renomination of Mark Pearce to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as a move to promote the narrow policy goals of politically powerful labor unions.  
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Construction Industry Unemployment Drops to 14.7 Percent in March

Friday, April 5, 2013 12:48 PM
The construction industry unemployment rate fell to 14.7 percent in March, down from 15.7 percent in February, according to the April 5 employment report by the U.S. Department of Labor. The nation added 18,000 new construction jobs in March. Year-over-year, the construction industry workforce has expanded by 2.9 percent, or 162,000 jobs.
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Nonresidential Construction Spending up 0.7 Percent in February

Monday, April 1, 2013 12:44 PM
As a sign of an improving economy, the nation’s nonresidential construction spending rose 0.7 percent in February, according to the April 1 construction spending report by the U.S. Commerce Department. Total nonresidential construction spending presently stands at $575.6 billion on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, and is up 2.6 percent from one year ago.
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Health Care Law Continues to Create Uncertainty and Confusion in the Construction Industry

Friday, March 22, 2013 3:15 PM
On the eve of the third anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today said the health care law continues to create uncertainty and confusion in the construction industry, making it difficult for the nation’s contractors to plan for the future.
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Construction Materials Prices Increase 1.3 Percent in February

Thursday, March 14, 2013 3:39 PM
The nation’s construction material prices rose 1.3 percent in February—marking the sharpest increase in 22 months, according to the March 14 Producer Price Index (PPI) report by the U.S. Department of Labor. Overall, construction materials prices remain 2 percent higher than one year ago. Nonresidential construction materials prices rose 1.4 percent last month, and are up 1 percent on a year-over-year basis. 
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Construction Industry Unemployment Rate Dips to 15.7 Percent in February

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 10:38 AM
The construction industry added 48,000 jobs in February—the largest monthly increase since March 2007. Year over year, the industry has added 140,000 jobs, or 2.5 percent, according to the March 8 employment report by the U.S. Labor Department. The construction industry unemployment rate declined to 15.7 percent in February, down from 16.1 percent the previous month and down from 17.1 percent from one year ago.
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls 3.3 Percent in January

Friday, March 1, 2013 1:00 PM
As further evidence that the nation’s construction industry continues to struggle, nonresidential construction spending fell 3.3 percent in January, with outlays decreasing to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $572.1 billion, according to the March 1 report by the U.S. Census Bureau. Year over year, total nonresidential construction spending is up only 0.8 percent (unadjusted for inflation).
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ABC Honors America's Top Construction Projects

Thursday, February 28, 2013 12:11 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today congratulated the winners of its annual Excellence in Construction Awards celebration – the industry’s leading competition, where the top construction projects and the firms that displayed exemplary commitment to safety and diversity in 2012 were recognized Feb. 20 at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
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ABC Names Cajun Industries 2012 Contractor Of The Year

Monday, February 25, 2013 11:38 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has named Cajun Industries, LLC, Baton Rouge, La., its 2012 Contractor of the Year. Cajun Industries Founder and Chairman, Lane Grigsby, accepted the award on behalf of the company during ABC’s 23rd annual Excellence in Construction and National Safety Excellence Award program held Feb. 20 at the Harbor Beach Marriott in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
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