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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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Construction Materials Prices Fall 1.1 Percent in November

Thursday, December 13, 2012 2:06 PM
In a sign of a weak global economy, the nation’s construction materials prices fell 1.1 percent in November—the largest monthly decrease since February 2009—according to the producer price index report by the U.S. Department of Labor. However, prices are 1 percent higher than the same time last year. Read the rest of entry »

Michigan Workers Have Reason To Celebrate New ‘Right To Work' Law

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 8:49 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today commended Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for signing a new Right to Work law that will protect all workers in the state from being forced to pay union dues as a requirement of employment. Michigan is the 24th state in the nation to enact a Right to Work law, and similar legislation has been introduced in 12 other states.
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Construction Industry Loses 20,000 Jobs in November

Friday, December 7, 2012 11:29 AM
National construction industry employment fell by 20,000 jobs in November pushing the unemployment rate to 12.2 percent, up from 11.4 percent the previous month, according to the Dec. 7 employment report by the U.S. Department of Labor. Year-over-year, construction employment is down by 6,000 jobs, or 0.1 percent.
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ABC Predicts Moderate Construction Recovery Will Continue In 2013

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 9:44 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released its 2013 economic forecast for the U.S. commercial and industrial construction industry, and it shows the continuation of a modest recovery for nonresidential construction next year.
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Rises 0.5 Percent in October

Monday, December 3, 2012 12:19 PM
The nation’s nonresidential construction industry experienced a modest gain in October as spending increased 0.5 percent to $571.3 billion, according to the Dec. 3 report by the U.S. Census Bureau. Total nonresidential construction spending–which includes both private and public projects–is up 5.1 percent compared to one year ago.  
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President Obama Shuts Out Small Businesses From Fiscal Cliff Talks

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:27 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released the following statement regarding the White House fiscal cliff summit with corporate leaders.
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Construction Materials Prices Decrease 0.4 Percent in October

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 11:39 AM
The nation’s construction materials prices fell for the first time in three months, slipping 0.4 percent in October, according to the U.S. Labor Department’s producer price index (PPI). However, materials prices remain 2 percent higher than one year ago. Nonresidential construction materials prices decreased 0.5 percent for the month, but were 1.8 percent higher on a year-over-year basis.
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Construction Backlog Up 3.5 Percent In Third Quarter Of 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 9:32 AM
ABC reports that its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) expanded for the second consecutive quarter, up to 8 months in the third quarter of this year, a 3.5 percent increase from the previous quarter. CBI is measured in months and reflects the amount of construction work under contract, but not yet completed.
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ABC Criticizes President For NLRB Recess Appointments

Sunday, November 4, 2012 11:16 AM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today criticized President Obama for undermining the U.S. Senate’s advice and consent role by recess-appointing Democrats Sharon Block, deputy assistant secretary for congressional affairs at the Department of Labor; Richard Griffin, general counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB); and Republican Terence Flynn, chief counsel to NLRB member Brian Hayes. 
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Down 0.4 Percent in September

Thursday, November 1, 2012 1:44 PM
Despite a flurry of activity in residential construction spending, nonresidential construction spending decreased 0.4 percent in September, with outlays falling to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $559.4 billion, according to the Nov. 1 construction spending report by the U.S. Commerce Department. Year-over-year, total nonresidential construction spending is up 2.6 percent, slightly higher than inflation.
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