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From the monthly archives: August 2021

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Construction Input Prices Up 23.1% Year Over Year, Says ABC

Thursday, August 12, 2021 9:23 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12—Construction input prices rose 0.6% in July, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices increased 0.8% for the month.

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ABC Responds to Senate Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 11:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which passed the U.S. Senate today by a vote of 69 to 30. The bill would provide $550 billion in new infrastructure investments.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Flat in July; Contractor Confidence Falls

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10—Associated Builders and Contractors reports today that its Construction Backlog Indicator remained unchanged at 8.5 months in July, according to an ABC member survey conducted July 20-Aug. 2, up 0.7 months from July 2020.

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Nonresidential Construction Adds Only 2,900 Jobs in July, Says ABC

Friday, August 6, 2021 9:36 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6—The nation’s construction industry added 11,000 jobs on net in July, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, the industry has recovered 886,000 (79.6%) of the jobs lost during earlier stages of the pandemic.

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ABC Recognizes Bipartisan Achievements in Infrastructure Bill, Cautions Against Anti-Competitive Language

Monday, August 2, 2021 5:14 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement on the 2,702-page Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act set to pass the U.S. Senate later this week. 

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Down Nearly 1% in June, Says ABC

Monday, August 2, 2021 11:49 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2—National nonresidential construction spending declined 0.9% in June, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, nonresidential spending totaled $779.9 billion for the month, down 6.6% from one year ago.

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