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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 Industry Unemployment Rate Falls to 10.8 Percent

Friday, June 7, 2013 10:17 AM
With the summer building season underway, the nation’s construction industry added 7,000 jobs in May as the unemployment rate dipped to 10.8 percent, which is down from 13.2 percent in April and the lowest rate since October 2008, according to U.S. Labor Department. Since May 2012, the industry added 189,000 jobs, or 3.4 percent.  
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Increases 0.7 Percent in April

Monday, June 3, 2013 12:04 PM
After a disappointing March, the nation’s nonresidential construction industry bounced back moderately in April. According to the June 3 release by the U.S. Census Bureau, nonresidential construction spending increased 0.7 percent in April, with outlays increasing to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of $552.45 billion. However, nonresidential construction spending is down 2.1 percent from one year ago.
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First Quarter 2013 CBI Declines 1.1 Percent

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 8:44 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today reports its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) declined 1.1 percent during the first quarter of 2013 and now stands at 7.9 months. Despite the quarterly decline, CBI is still 7 percent higher compared to one year ago. CBI is measured in months and reflects the amount of commercial and industrial construction work under contract, but not yet completed. 
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Construction Materials Prices Down 0.1 Percent in April

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 10:13 AM
National construction materials prices slipped 0.1 percent in April, according to the May 15 producer price report by the U.S. Department of Labor. Year over year, construction materials prices are up just 0.4 percent. Nonresidential construction materials prices decreased 0.1 percent for the month and are down 0.4 percent over the last 12 months.
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U.S. Appeals Court Invalidates NLRB Poster Rule

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 3:04 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today welcomed a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to invalidate the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “notification of employee rights” notice posting rule. A three-judge panel struck down the rule on the grounds that the NLRB had overstepped its authority under law. ABC General Council Maurice Baskin, a shareholder with Littler, argued the case before the appeals court.
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ABC Announces 2013 Craft Instructor of the Year

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 2:27 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced Anthony Ayotte, craft training manager for the Cianbro Institute, Pittsfield, Maine, as its 2013 Craft Instructor of the Year. Ayotte received this honor May 3 during ABC’s 21st Century Workforce Development Conference in Birmingham, Ala.
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ABC Names Colorado Electrician Craft Professional of the Year

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 2:19 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced Michael Arledge, a journeyman electrician for Greiner Electric, Littleton, Colo. as its 2013 Craft Professional of the Year. The award was presented May 3 during ABC’s 21st Century Workforce Development Conference in Birmingham, Ala. 
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ABC Announces Winners of its Construction Management Competition

Monday, May 6, 2013 3:01 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced the winners of its 13th annual Student Chapter Construction Management Competition during the 21st Century Workforce Development Conference, April 30 - May 3 in Birmingham, Ala. Teams of students from 14 colleges and universities across the nation competed for more than $6,000 in cash and prizes, as well as the coveted “Construction Management Champions” title.  
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ABC Congratulates National Craft Championships Winners

Monday, May 6, 2013 2:46 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced the winners in its 2013 National Craft Championships competition, held at the association’s 21st Century Workforce Development Conference, April 30 - May 3 in Birmingham, Ala. 
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Construction Loses 6,000 Jobs in April

Friday, May 3, 2013 12:43 PM
The construction industry lost 6,000 jobs in April according to the May 3 employment report by the U.S. Department of Labor, but the unemployment rate decreased to 13.2 percent, down from 14.7 percent in March and 14.5 percent in April 2012.
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