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News Releases 2018

New Kentucky Law a Win-Win for Construction Industry, State Economy, Says ABC

Monday, March 25, 2019 10:31 AM
WASHINGTON, March 25—Associated Builders and Contractors lauded Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) today for signing into law the Fair and Open Competition Act (HB 135), which ensures all of Kentucky’s skilled construction workforce and qualified businesses can compete on a level playing field for contracts to build state and local public works projects. Read the rest of entry »

2019 Starts Off with Expansion in Nonresidential Spending, Says ABC

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 1:38 PM
WASHINGTON, March 13—National nonresidential construction spending rose 2.4 percent in January, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today. At a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, nonresidential spending totaled $762.5 billion for the month, an increase of 4.8 percent over the previous year. Public nonresidential construction spending expanded 4.9 percent in January and private spending increased 0.8 percent. Both public and private nonresidential spending are up 8.5 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively, on a yearly basis. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Input Prices Rise for First Time Since October, Says ABC

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 12:43 PM
WASHINGTON, March 13—According to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today, construction input prices rose 0.9 percent monthly in February and 1.8 percent in the past 12 months. Inputs to nonresidential construction were up 1 percent monthly and 2.7 percent on a yearly basis. This is the first time that input prices have risen since October 2018, when prices increased by 0.5 percent.  Read the rest of entry »

Contractors Lose Confidence in Q3 but Remain Upbeat, According to ABC’s Latest Construction Confidence Index

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 9:59 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19—While construction industry leaders remained confident in the third quarter of 2018, optimism slipped relative to the second quarter, according to the latest Construction Confidence Index released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. Approximately three in four construction firms expect that sales will continue to rise over the next six months and closer to one in ten expect sales to decline over the next two quarters.  Read the rest of entry »

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Sinks Below Record Highs in Q3 2018

Monday, December 17, 2018 10:19 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2018—Associated Builders and Contractors reports that its Construction Backlog Indicator contracted to 9.04 months during the third quarter of 2018, down 8.4 percent from the second quarter and 4.3 percent lower than the same time last year. Read the rest of entry »

Price of Construction Materials Declines in November; ABC Predicts Moderate Increases in Early 2019

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 11:41 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 11—Construction materials prices fell 1.8 percent in November, according to Associated Builders and Contractors’ analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today. Despite the monthly decline, materials prices are still 5.3 percent higher than they were on a year-over-year basis. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Construction Employment Slows Down in November, Says ABC

Friday, December 7, 2018 11:26 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7—Construction employment expanded by 5,000 net new jobs in November, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data conducted by Associated Builders and Contractors today. During the past 12 months, the industry has added 282,000 net new construction jobs, which translates into a 4 percent increase in total industry-wide employment.  Read the rest of entry »

ABC Predicts Construction Sector Will Remain Strong in 2019

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 10:32 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4—Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu forecasts another strong year for construction sector performance, yet warns about inflationary pressures, according to a 2019 economic outlook published today in Construction Executive magazine. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Spending Rises Modestly in October

Monday, December 3, 2018 12:34 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3—National nonresidential spending increased 0.1 percent in October, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today. Total nonresidential spending for the month stood at $763.8 billion on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, which represents a 7.3 percent increase over the same time last year. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Releases Annual Merit Shop Scorecard

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 10:55 AM
WASHINGTON, Nov. 28—Associated Builders and Contractors released its 2018 Merit Shop Scorecard today, an annual state ranking based on policies and programs that encourage open competition, education and job growth, and award construction contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation. Read the rest of entry »
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