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From the monthly archives: October 2017

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ABC Applauds Executive Order to Expand Association Health Plans

Thursday, October 12, 2017 11:04 AM
WASHINGTON, Oct.12--Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released the following statement from Kristen Swearingen, vice president of legislative & political affairs, following President Trump’s signing of an executive order to expand access to Association Health Plans (AHPs):
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ABC Hails Lower Small Business Rates in Tax Reform Framework

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 6:30 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11—Michael D. Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s speech on tax reform in Harrisburg, Pa.:

“President Trump’s tax framework promises the lowest small business tax rate in the last 80 years, which would unlock the full economic potential of the 21,000 members of Associated Builders and Contractors.  A growing economy means a thriving construction industry—when businesses are able to reinvest in wages, jobs, and expansion, ABC members are there to do the work. 
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Nonresidential Construction Adds Jobs Despite Disruptions; September Data Very Difficult to Interpret

Friday, October 6, 2017 10:07 AM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 6—The national construction industry added 8,000 net new jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in September, according to an analysis by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of today’s release from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The nonresidential sector added 11,700 jobs for the month, which means that residential construction lost several thousand jobs. Nonresidential specialty trade contractors paced the segment, adding 8,500 net new jobs on a monthly basis. 
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Stabilizes in August; Spending on Nonresidential Construction Services Is Still Down on a YOY Basis

Monday, October 2, 2017 12:42 PM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2—Nonresidential construction spending expanded 0.5 percent in August, totaling $691.8 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, according to an analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Though this represents an improvement from July’s total ($688.2 billion), nonresidential spending remains 3.4 percent below its year-ago level and is down 3.8 percent from the cyclical peak attained in May 2017.

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