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News Releases 2017

Construction Job Growth Rebounds in 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017 10:15 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 3—National construction employment started 2017 on a high note, adding 36,000 net new jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in January, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The 0.5 percent increase represents the best month for construction employment growth since March of 2016. Read the rest of entry »

Legislation to Block ‘Blacklisting’ Rule Will Protect Contractors’ Rights

Thursday, February 2, 2017 4:01 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. Feb. 2– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today commended the U.S. House of Representatives for passing legislation (H. J. Res. 37) that will block implementation of the Obama administration’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673, commonly referred to as “blacklisting,” through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Spending Falters Slightly to End 2016

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:28 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 1—Nonresidential construction spending slipped 0.7 percent in the final month of 2016, but increased 4.6 percent over the previous year, according to analysis of  U.S. Census Bureau data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Nonresidential spending decreased from $713.1 billion in November to $708.2 billion in December on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis. Read the rest of entry »

Associated Builders and Contractors and Dexter + Chaney Announce Strategic Partnership

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 10:30 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 1— Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Dexter + Chaney, a leader in cloud-based construction ERP software and developer of Spectrum® Construction Software, today announced a strategic partnership  aimed at providing contractors with the technology tools they need to update their processes as their businesses grow. Dexter + Chaney joins ABC’s other strategic partners, Autodesk, CNA, Fringe Benefit Group, Tradesmen International and United Rentals. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 26 States Year-Over-Year

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 9:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan 31.—December not seasonally adjusted (NSA) construction unemployment rates were down in 26 states and the nation on a year-over-year basis, according to analysis released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The rates for two states, Iowa and Wisconsin, were unchanged from December 2015. The national NSA construction unemployment rate of 7.4 percent was down 0.1 percent from a year ago, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Fixed Investment Expands 2.4 Percent, but U.S. Economic Growth Slows in Fourth Quarter

Friday, January 27, 2017 12:05 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 27—The improved performance of the U.S. economy during last year’s third quarter gave way to a weaker period of growth in the fourth, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Real gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 1.9 percent on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate during 2016’s final quarter, down from a 3.5 percent expansion in the third quarter. While the fourth quarter represents the 11th consecutive quarter of GDP expansion, overall GDP growth for 2016 totaled 1.6 percent, the slowest rate of
expansion since 2011. Read the rest of entry »

President Trump’s Executive Action to Withdraw Estate Tax Hike Will Benefit Family-Owned Construction Businesses

Friday, January 20, 2017 5:05 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 20– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen today released the following statement in support of President Trump’s Executive Order XXXXX, which withdrew a U.S. Department of Treasury proposed rule that would have resulted in sweeping changes to estate tax policies and imposed significant new tax costs on family-owned businesses. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Praises President Trump’s Executive Action to Rescind ‘Blacklisting,’ Order, Restore Contractors’ Rights

Friday, January 20, 2017 11:16 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 20– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today applauded President Trump’s Executive Order XXXXX, which rescinds President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order 13673, commonly referred to as “blacklisting.” Implementation of the blacklisting final rule was temporarily blocked on October 24, 2016, when a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Texas ruled in favor of ABC’s lawsuit and granted a preliminary injunction against the reporting provisions of the rule.  Read the rest of entry »

Overall Construction Input Prices Firm in December as Energy Prices Surge

Friday, January 13, 2017 11:11 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 13—Construction input prices rebounded in December after experiencing a steep decline in November, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Input prices rose 0.4 percent for the month and are up 2.1 percent year-over-year, the largest 12-month increase in 30 months. Read the rest of entry »

Free Enterprise Momentum Continues with Passage of Prevailing Wage Repeal and Right to Work Laws in Kentucky

Saturday, January 7, 2017 11:50 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 7– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today commended the Kentucky Senate’s passage of bills that would end forced unionization and repeal the state’s wasteful prevailing wage law. Read the rest of entry »