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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 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 »

Nonresidential Construction Spending Inches Up 0.1 Percent in May

Monday, July 1, 2013 12:48 PM
In a further sign of slow economic recovery, the nation’s nonresidential construction spending inched up 0.1 percent in May, according to the July 2 report by the U.S. Commerce Department. On a year-over-year basis, nonresidential construction spending was down 2.9 percent in May, with spending totaling $546.3 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis.
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ABC Testifies That Davis-Bacon Act Inflates the Cost of Federal Construction

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 11:39 AM
 In testimony today before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) General Counsel and shareholder with Littler Mendelson, P.C., Maurice Baskin said the Department of Labor’s (DOL) administration of the Davis-Bacon Act has, “hindered economic growth, increased the federal deficit and imposed an enormous paperwork burden on both contractors and the federal government.”
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Economists Say Jobs Are Key to Sustained Recovery in Construction Industry

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 9:32 AM
Economists from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the American Institute of Architects and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) gave their perspectives on where the construction economy is headed during a June 17 online news conference. As a whole, the economic climate is improving, but recovery will continue to be slow unless more jobs are created.
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Construction Materials Prices Remain Flat in May

Friday, June 14, 2013 11:25 AM
National construction materials prices were unchanged in May and have been flat during the past three months, according to the June 14 report by the U.S. Labor Department. Year over year, construction materials prices are up just 0.8 percent. Nonresidential construction materials prices increased 0.2 percent for the month and are up 0.3 percent from one year ago.
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Spokane Contractor James Elmer Receives ABC Life Membership Award

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 10:41 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that former National Chairman James (Jim) W. Elmer, founder and president of James W. Elmer Construction Co., Spokane, Wash., received a Life Membership award. He was presented this honor June 18 at ABC’s National Board of Directors meeting in Washington, D.C.
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South Carolina Becomes 17th State to Ban Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements on Taxpayer-Funded Projects

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 9:59 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today celebrated a victory after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill (S.438) into law that will prohibit state government entities from requiring contractors to sign a project labor agreement (PLA) or other agreements with labor unions as a condition of performing work on public construction projects.
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