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In addition, ABC produces the Construction Backlog Indicator, the only economic indicator that reflects the amount of work that will be performed by commercial and industrial construction contractors in the months ahead, and the Construction Confidence Index, a diffusion index that signals construction contractors’ expectations for sales, profit margins and staffing levels. Methodology for both indicators can be found hereABC construction economic releases are published according to this schedule 

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Drop in State Construction Unemployment Rates Points to Industry Recovery, Says ABC

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, April 28—Construction employment is holding its own, although it is not back to pre-pandemic levels, according to state-by-state analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors for March 2021. These data show that on a year-over-year basis, the not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates rose nationally and in 33 states, fell in 15 states and were unchanged in two states, Oklahoma and Washington.

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ABC Reacts to Republican Lawmakers’ Infrastructure Framework

Thursday, April 22, 2021 3:56 PM

WASHINGTON, April 22—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement in reaction to the Republican lawmakers’ infrastructure framework.

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Clemson University Named Overall Winner of ABC Construction Management Competition

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 7:50 AM

WASHINGTON, April 14—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the winners of its annual Construction Management Competition, held virtually for 12 teams of undergraduate students from colleges and universities nationwide. Clemson University was named the overall winner of the 2021 competition, with the highest cumulative points in the five competition categories.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Slips in March; Contractor Optimism Continues to Improve

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, April 13—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell to 7.8 months in March, according to an ABC member survey conducted from March 22 to April 5, a decrease of 0.4 months from both the February 2021 and March 2020 readings.

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ABC: It’s Second Chance Month, and Construction is Looking to Hire Reentering Citizens

Monday, April 12, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, April 12—Associated Builders and Contractors is committed to shaping an industry that welcomes all people. As part of Second Chance Month, ABC has highlighted the programs, partnerships and involvement of its chapters and members across the country in educating, upskilling and hiring reentering citizens.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Rise in March, Says ABC

Friday, April 9, 2021 10:25 AM

WASHINGTON, April 9—Construction input prices rose 3.5% in March 2021, 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 also increased 3.5% for the month.

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DEWALT Named Program Sponsor of ABC’s National Student Chapter Network

Thursday, April 8, 2021 2:30 PM

WASHINGTON, April 8—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced that DEWALT, a Stanley Black & Decker brand and U.S. manufacturer of professional products, will power the National Student Chapter Network as the program sponsor for the next three years.

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Construction Adds 110,000 Jobs in March: Here Comes the Tsunami of Growth, Says ABC

Friday, April 2, 2021 9:45 AM

WASHINGTON, April 2—The construction industry added 110,000 jobs in March, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry has added 931,000 jobs since April 2020, recovering 83.6% of the jobs lost during earlier stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Down 1.3% in February, Says ABC

Thursday, April 1, 2021 11:33 AM

WASHINGTON, April 1—National nonresidential construction spending declined 1.3% in February, 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 $789.5 billion for the month.

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ABC Calls for Fair and Open Competition, Bipartisan Ideas in Infrastructure Plan

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 11:42 AM

WASHINGTON, March 31—Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman today issued the following statement responding to President Biden’s announcement of a multitrillion-dollar infrastructure plan.

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