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Construction Economics

$1 Billion in Additional Construction Spending Creates 6,300+ Additional Construction Jobs

Thursday, May 24, 2018 9:32 AM
Construction Spending Annual Total Table Total Private Employment Source: Census Bureau Value of Construction Put in Place Survey Annual Historical Data and Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey, Table 42 Excludes the self-employed. Only annual data are available. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Material Prices Surge in April, Says ABC; Crude Petroleum Prices up 35 Percent Year Over Year

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 9:54 AM
WASHINGTON, May 9—Prices for inputs to construction materials expanded 1.3 percent in April and are 6.4 percent higher than at the same time one year ago, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today. This represents the largest month-over-month increase in almost three years and the largest year-over-year increase since October 2011. Prices for nonresidential construction inputs increased 1.6 percent on a monthly basis, and are up 6.3 percent year over year.  Read the rest of entry »

Construction Employment Inches Higher in April, Says ABC; Nonresidential Segment Adds 9,000 Net Jobs

Friday, May 4, 2018 11:32 AM
WASHINGTON, May 4—Based on recently released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. construction industry bounced back in April, adding 17,000 net new jobs, according to an analysis by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Last month, initial estimates showed a 15,000 jobs loss, though that has since been revised upward to a loss of 10,000 jobs. During the past year, the construction industry has added 257,000 new jobs, representing a growth rate of 3.7 percent.  Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Construction Down in March, Says ABC; Private Sector Falters, Public Sector Unchanged

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 11:44 AM
WASHINGTON, May 1—Nonresidential construction spending declined 0.3 percent in March, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today. Nonresidential spending, which totaled $740.9 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, has expanded 2.5 percent on a year-over-year basis. February’s spending estimate was revised roughly $10 billion higher, from $732.8 billion to $742.8 billion, rendering the March decline less meaningful. Read the rest of entry »

March Construction Unemployment Rates Down Year Over Year in 37 States, Says ABC

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 9:45 AM
WASHINGTON, May 1—The March 2018 not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rate was down 1 percent from March 2017, and estimated construction unemployment rates also fell in 37 states on a year-over-year basis, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The national unemployment rate was 7.4 percent, the lowest national March rate on record. Read the rest of entry »

Fixed Investment Retains Momentum in First Quarter of 2018, Says ABC

Friday, April 27, 2018 12:30 PM
WASHINGTON, April 27—The U.S. economy expanded at an annualized rate of 2.3 percent during the first quarter of 2018, while fixed investment increased at an annualized rate of 4.6 percent according to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of today’s advanced estimate released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Read the rest of entry »

Contractors Remain Upbeat, According to ABC’s Latest Construction Confidence Index

Monday, April 16, 2018 8:30 AM
WASHINGTON, April 16—Commercial and industrial construction contractors entered 2018 with abundant confidence regarding sales and staffing levels for the next six months, according to the latest Construction Confidence Index (CCI) released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). All three components surveyed—sales, profit margins and staffing levels—remained well above 50 in the diffusion index, signaling ongoing progress. But the average contractor is less confident about profit margins than they were a year ago. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Material Price Expansion Continues in March, ABC Says

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 11:29 AM

WASHINGTON, April 10—Prices for inputs to construction materials expanded 0.8 percent in March and are 5.8 percent higher than at the same time one year ago, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today. Prices for nonresidential construction inputs increased 0.9 percent on a monthly basis and are up 5.6 percent year over year.

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Construction Employment Falters in March, Says ABC; Nonresidential Segment Loses 8,200 Net Jobs

Friday, April 6, 2018 10:59 AM
WASHINGTON, April 6—The U.S. construction industry lost 15,000 jobs on net in March, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This represents a significant reversal from February, when the industry added a post-recession high of 65,000 net new jobs (upwardly revised from +61,000).  Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Construction Flat in February, Says ABC; Public Sector Spending Plummets

Monday, April 2, 2018 11:37 AM
WASHINGTON, April 2—Nonresidential construction spending inched 0.1 percent higher in February, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today. Nonresidential spending, which totaled $732.8 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, has expanded 1.3 percent since February 2017. Read the rest of entry »