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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 Backlog and Contractor Optimism Rise to Start 2021, According to ABC Member Survey

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 9:58 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb.9—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 7.5 months in January 2021, an increase of 0.2 months from its December 2020 reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Jan. 20 to Feb. 2. Despite the monthly uptick, backlog is 0.9 months lower than in January 2020.

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Investment in Nonresidential Structures Up a Meager 3% in Final Quarter of 2020, Says ABC

Thursday, January 28, 2021 9:12 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28The U.S. economy expanded at an annualized 4.0% rate in the fourth quarter of 2020 as the nation’s recovery from last spring’s economic devastation continued. Nonresidential investment in structures increased at a 3.0% annualized rate in the fourth quarter.

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Contractor Optimism Improves as ABC’s Construction Backlog Inches Up in December

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 10:00 AM

Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rebounded modestly to 7.3 months in December, an increase of 0.1 months from November’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Dec. 18 to Jan. 5. Backlog is 1.5 months lower than in December 2019.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Plunges in November; Contractor Optimism Falters

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 12:00 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator declined to 7.2 months in November, a decrease of 0.5 months from October’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Nov. 20 to Dec. 2. Backlog is 1.7 months lower than in November 2019.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Rebounds in October; Contractor Optimism Rises

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 10:00 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10— Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rebounded to 7.7 months in October, an increase of 0.2 months from September’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Oct. 20 to Nov. 5. Backlog is 1.2 months lower than in October 2019.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Slips in September; Contractors Remain Optimistic

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 9:35 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell to 7.5 months in September, a decline of 0.5 months from August’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted Sept. 20-Oct. 6. Backlog is 1.5 months lower than in September 2019.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Rebounds in August; Contractor Optimism Builds

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 9:35 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rebounded to 8.0 months in August, an increase of 0.2 months from July’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted Aug. 20-Sept. 1. The August backlog is a half-month lower than in August 2019.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Down in July; Contractor Optimism Falls

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 9:25 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator declined to 7.8 months in July, a decrease of 0.3 months from the June reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted from July 20 to Aug. 5. Backlog is a full month lower than in July 2019.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Up in June; Contractor Optimism Grows

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, July 14—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 8.1 months in June, an increase of 0.2 months from May’s reading. CBI is down approximately 8% from its June 2019 level. Every region except the Middle States experienced an increase in backlog in June compared to May, according to an ABC member survey conducted from June 20-July 1.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Inches Higher in May; Contractor Confidence Continues to Rebound

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 9:10 AM

WASHINGTON, June 9—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 7.9 months in May, an increase of less than 0.1 months from April’s reading. Furthermore, based on an ABC member survey conducted May 20-June 3, results indicate that confidence among U.S. construction industry leaders continued to rebound from the historically low levels observed in the March survey.

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