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News Releases 2016

ABC Applauds Court’s Ruling to Permanently Block DOL’s Persuader Rule

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 3:30 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 16– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today welcomed news that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas has permanently blocked the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) “persuader rule,” officially named the Interpretation  of  the  ‘Advice’  Exemption  in  Section  203(c)  of  the  Labor-Management  Reporting  and  Disclosure  Act. In finding the rule unlawful, the District Court has maintained employers’ right to obtain advice from labor relations experts. Read the rest of entry »

Associated Builders and Contractors Congratulates President-elect Trump

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 11:50 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 9–Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released the following statement on the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Growth Modest in Jobs Report

Friday, November 4, 2016 12:18 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 4—The U.S. construction industry added 11,000 net new jobs in October, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Industry employment increased 0.2 percent on a monthly basis and 3 percent on a yearly basis. Nonresidential construction employment added 3,300 net new jobs for the month and 56,200 net new jobs from October 2015. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Construction Spending Down in September, but August Data Upwardly Revised

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 12:18 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 1—Nonresidential construction spending fell 0.9 percent from August to September 2016, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Nonresidential spending totaled $690.5 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis for the month, 0.7 percent below September 2015’s figure. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 32 States Year-Over-Year, ABC Says

Monday, October 31, 2016 8:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 31—September not seasonally adjusted (NSA) construction unemployment rates improved in 32 states and the nation on a year-over-year basis, according to analysis released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The national NSA construction unemployment rate of 5.2 percent was 0.3 percent lower than a year ago, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Read the rest of entry »

ABC Announces 2016 Young Professional of the Year Finalists

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 2:49 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 26 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) continued its celebration of Careers in Construction Month today by announcing three finalists for its annual Young Professional of the Year Award. Finalists were chosen based on their career achievement, leadership and vision for the future of the commercial and industrial construction industry from a field of more than 30 nominations representing 20 ABC chapters across the country. Read the rest of entry »

Associated Builders and Contractors Applauds Court’s Injunction Against ‘Blacklisting’ Rule

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:05 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 25– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today applauded a preliminary injunction against the Obama administration’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule, commonly referred to as “blacklisting,” issued by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas late Monday night. The preliminary injunction prevents the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council from implementing the rule, which was scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 25. Read the rest of entry »

Associated Builders and Contractors Announces Seven-Figure Ad Buy

Thursday, October 20, 2016 11:20 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 20– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced it has made a seven-figure ad buy comprised of issue ads and express advocacy in six states. The ad buy will include radio and statewide digital ads in support of pro-free enterprise candidates in Florida, Indiana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Input Prices Begin to Trend Higher

Friday, October 14, 2016 11:06 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 14—Both nonresidential and overall construction input prices increased in September, with natural gas and crude petroleum prices bouncing back, according to analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Producer Price Index released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The BLS data show that nonresidential input prices expanded 0.3 percent on a monthly basis in September, and overall construction prices also rose 0.3 percent on a monthly basis after declining 0.2 percent in August.   Read the rest of entry »

Contractor Confidence Dips in First Half of 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016 9:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., OCT. 13–The average contractor is less confident regarding business prospects for the next six months, but the nonresidential construction recovery is anticipated to remain in place, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Construction Confidence Index (CCI) released today. The diffusion index measures forward-looking construction industry expectations in sales, profit margins and staffing levels, with readings above 50 indicating growth.   Read the rest of entry »