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ABC issues news releases on the latest workforce, policy and industry issues, as well as construction-related economic data and trends. Commercial and industrial construction economic analyses include federal data on construction spending, employment, GDP and the Producer Price Index, as well as state-by-state construction unemployment estimates.

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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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Inches Lower in July

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 9:32 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell to 8.5 months in July 2019, down 0.3 months or 2.9% from June 2019 when CBI stood at 8.8 months.

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Monthly and Yearly Construction Input Prices Drop in August, Says ABC

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 11:34 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11Construction input prices fell 0.6% in August and are down 0.9% year-over-year, 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 fell 0.4% for the month and are down 0.4% compared to August 2018.

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Expands in August, Says ABC

Friday, September 6, 2019 11:59 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6The construction industry added 14,000 net new jobs in August, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has expanded by 177,000 jobs, or 2.4%. 

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Down in July, Says ABC

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 12:03 PM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3— According to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data published today, national nonresidential construction spending declined 0.3% in July, totaling $776 billion on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, and a 0.1% increase compared to July 2018. The June 2019 estimates were revised upward from $773.8 billion to $778.5 billion.

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July Construction Unemployment Rates Remain Low, Though Not as Low as a Year Ago, Says ABC

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 9:30 AM
WASHINGTON, Aug. 28—In July, estimated not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates rose nationally and in 38 states, fell in eight states and remained unchanged in four on a year-over-year basis, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. For the third consecutive month, all 50 states posted construction unemployment rates less than 10%. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Contractors Lose Confidence in June, Says ABC

Thursday, August 22, 2019 9:30 AM
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22—U.S. construction industry leaders are somewhat less confident about near-term prospects for nonresidential construction but remain reasonably upbeat, according to the June 2019 Construction Confidence Index released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. Read the rest of entry »

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Inches Lower in June

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 9:30 AM
WASHINGTON, Aug. 20—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell to 8.8 months in June 2019, down 0.1 months or 1.3% from May 2019, when CBI stood at 8.9 months. Read the rest of entry »

Mid-year Economic Outlook for Nonresidential Construction: Expansion Continues, But Vulnerabilities Pile Up

Monday, August 12, 2019 11:04 AM
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12—More than 10 years after the end of the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression, the U.S. economy is again making history by entering its longest-ever expansion. Nevertheless, emerging weakness in business investment has been hinting at softening outlays, giving commercial and industrial construction contractors cause for concern, according to a mid-year economic outlook by Anirban Basu, chief economist of Associated Builders and Contractors. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Input Prices Rebound in July, Says ABC

Friday, August 9, 2019 10:13 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9—Construction input prices expanded 0.8% in July but are down 0.6% year-over-year, 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 also increased 0.8% for the month but have declined 0.3% on a year-ago basis.

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Roughly Flat in July, Says ABC

Friday, August 2, 2019 10:36 AM
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2—The construction industry added 4,000 net new jobs in July, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has expanded by 202,000 net jobs, an increase of 2.8%.  Read the rest of entry »