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Construction Economics

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Surges in March

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 9:45 AM

WASHINGTON, May 21—Associated Builders and Contractors reports that its monthly Construction Backlog Indicator expanded to 9.5 months in March 2019, up 0.7 months or 8.8% since February 2019 when CBI stood at 8.8 months. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Input Prices Continue to Rise, Says ABC

Thursday, May 9, 2019 10:17 AM
WASHINGTON, May 9—Construction input prices increased 0.9% in April on a monthly basis and 2.4% compared to the same time last year, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today. Nonresidential input prices rose 0.9% compared to March and are up 2.8% on an annual basis. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Job Growth Strong in April, Says ABC

Friday, May 3, 2019 10:42 AM
WASHINGTON, May 3 – The construction industry added 33,000 net new jobs in April, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released today. Compared to the same time last year, industry employment is up by 256,000 jobs, an increase of 3.5 percent. Read the rest of entry »

March Construction Unemployment Rates Down in 49 States Year Over Year, Says ABC

Thursday, May 2, 2019 9:30 AM
WASHINGTON, May 2—Estimated March not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates fell nationally and in 49 states 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. Nebraska was the sole outlier, where construction unemployment rose from 5.1% in March 2018 to 5.3 in this latest report. The country and 31 of the states posted their lowest March construction unemployment rates on record. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Spending Falls Slightly in March, But Private Construction Hits a New High, Says ABC

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 12:11 PM
WASHINGTON, May 1— According to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today, national nonresidential construction spending declined 0.3% in March 2019. On a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, nonresidential spending totaled $775.2 billion for the month, which represents a 4.8% increase compared to the same time last year. Read the rest of entry »

U.S. Economic Growth Crosses 3% Threshold to Begin the Year, Says ABC

Friday, April 26, 2019 11:15 AM
WASHINGTON, April 26— The U.S. economy expanded at an annualized 3.2% rate during the first quarter of 2019, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors assessment of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The pace of growth exceeded expectations, as many economists predicted growth would be closer to 2.5%. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Contractors Confidence Strong in February, Says ABC

Thursday, April 18, 2019 9:55 AM
WASHINGTON, April 18—Construction industry leaders remained confident regarding nonresidential construction prospects in February 2019, according to the latest Construction Confidence Index released by Associated Builders and Contractors today. Read the rest of entry »

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Rebounds in February

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 9:26 AM
WASHINGTON, April 16—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator expanded to 8.8 months in February 2019, up 0.7 months or 8.2% from January 2019, when the backlog dipped to 8.1 months. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Input Prices Increase for the Second Straight Month, Says ABC

Thursday, April 11, 2019 11:02 AM
WASHINGTON, April 11—Construction input prices rose 1.7% in March on a monthly basis, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today. On a year-over-year basis, construction input prices are up 2.5%, and following a stretch of four consecutive months of input price decreases, March was the second straight month prices have risen in the aggregate. Inputs to nonresidential construction also increased 1.7% on a monthly basis and are up 3.2% compared to one year ago.  Read the rest of entry »

Construction Sees Minor Job Growth in March, Says ABC

Friday, April 5, 2019 11:42 AM
WASHINGTON, April 5—The construction industry added 16,000 net new jobs in March, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics today. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment is up 246,000 jobs, representing a 3.4% increase. Nonresidential employment added 3,200 net new jobs last month, with the bulk of growth among nonresidential specialty contractors, which added 5,500 net new jobs. Heavy and civil engineering added 600 jobs, while the nonresidential building category lost 2,900 positions.  Read the rest of entry »