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From the monthly archives: September 2020

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ABC Honored to Receive the Pledge to America’s Workers Presidential Award

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11:19 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23—Associated Builders and Contractors is honored to announce it has received the Pledge to America’s Workers Presidential Award, which will be presented today at a White House event. Among nine recipients, ABC was selected based on its achievements in workforce education and fulfilling its 2018 pledge to recruit and upskill at least 500,000 workers by 2023.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Rebounds in August; Contractor Optimism Builds

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 9:35 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rebounded to 8.0 months in August, an increase of 0.2 months from July’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted Aug. 20-Sept. 1. The August backlog is a half-month lower than in August 2019.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Rise in August, Says ABC

Thursday, September 10, 2020 11:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10—Construction input prices expanded 0.6% in August over the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices increased 0.3% for the month.

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Construction Employment Continues to Recover in August, Says ABC

Friday, September 4, 2020 10:45 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4—Construction industry employment expanded by 16,000 jobs on net in August, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the last four months, the industry added 658,000 jobs, recovering approximately 61% of the jobs lost during March and April.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls Again in July, Says ABC

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:35 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1National nonresidential construction spending fell 1.2% in July, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, spending totaled $809.1 billion for the month.

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