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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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U.S. Economy Expands 2.1% in 4th Quarter; Investment in Structures Contracts, Says ABC

Thursday, January 30, 2020 10:48 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30The U.S. economy expanded at an annualized rate of 2.1% in the fourth quarter of 2019, despite investment in structures declining at an annualized rate of 10.1%, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Investment in structures contracted for three consecutive quarters and declined 4.4% during 2019.

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Construction Contractor Confidence Surges into 2020, Says ABC

Thursday, January 23, 2020 9:00 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23—Confidence among U.S. construction industry leaders increased in November 2019 with respect to sales, profit margins and staffing, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Confidence Index released today. Sales and profit margin expectations reached their highest levels since May 2019, while staffing expectations reached their highest level since April 2019.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Dips in November

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell slightly to 8.8 months in November, a 1.5% decline from October’s reading.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Rise Slightly in December, Says ABC

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 11:41 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15—Construction input prices rose 0.2% in December 2019 and are up 1.0% year over year, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices rose 0.3% for the month and are also up 1.0% since December 2018.

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Up in December, Says ABC

Friday, January 10, 2020 11:14 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10—The construction industry added 20,000 net new jobs in December 2019, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has expanded by 151,000 jobs, an increase of 2.0%. 

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November Construction Unemployment Rates Rise From a Year Ago, Says ABC

Monday, January 6, 2020 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6—In November, estimated not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates increased nationally and in 38 states, fell in 11 states and were unchanged in one state (Washington) on a year-over-year basis, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors.

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Nonresidential Construction Falls in November, Says ABC

Friday, January 3, 2020 11:37 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3—National nonresidential construction spending declined 0.3% in November but is up 5.1% year over year, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, spending totaled $781.1 billion, 1.8% lower than the cyclical peak in April 2019.

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Construction Contractor Confidence Rebounds in October, Says ABC

Thursday, December 19, 2019 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19—Leaders of the U.S. construction industry regained a degree of confidence in October 2019 with respect to near-term prospects for sales and profit margins, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Confidence Index released today. However, contractors became slightly less confident regarding their staffing levels during the next six months.

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ABC’s Greg Sizemore Appointed Vice Chair, Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 11:42 AM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18—Associated Builders and Contractors announced today that Greg Sizemore, the association’s vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development, has been appointed vice chair of the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention. In this role, Sizemore will help support the alliance’s mission to address suicide prevention as a construction health and safety priority and reach a zero-suicide industry.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Flat in October

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator remained virtually unchanged at 8.9 months in October, up just 0.2% from September’s reading.

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