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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. Please note, ABC's news releases on state construction unemployment have been temporarily paused. 

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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Associated Builders and Contractors Blasts Unprecedented Change to Senate Rules and Procedures

Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:58 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today expressed concern over a controversial change in U.S. Senate rules and procedures that will allow the majority party to skirt a filibuster to confirm certain presidential appointments.  Traditionally, 60 votes have been needed to confirm nominees and pass legislation, but by invoking this unprecedented rule change along partisan lines, the majority has lowered that threshold to a simple majority of 51 votes.
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Construction Materials Prices Fall Slightly in October

Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:54 PM
Construction materials prices fell 0.2 percent in October and are down 0.3 percent year over year, according to the Nov. 21 Producer Price Index released by the Department of Labor. Nonresidential construction materials are down 0.5 percent for the month and are unchanged from the same time one year ago. 
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ABC Foresees Additional Recovery in Nonresidential Sectors Next Year

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 1:42 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) 2014 economic forecast for the U.S. commercial and industrial construction industry is consistent with ongoing recovery in nonresidential construction spending next year. However, the recovery remains constrained by a lack of conviction regarding overall macroeconomic and budgetary prospects in the United States.
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Associated Builders and Contractors Files Suit Against OFCCP Rule

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 3:54 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today filed a request for an injunction in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against an Aug. 27 rule from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) that drastically alters federal contractors’ existing affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations for individuals with disabilities.  
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CBI Remains Virtually Unchanged In Third Quarter

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 10:07 AM
As the economy gradually recovers, nonresidential construction spending remains unchanged—a good sign the downturn in the industry has stopped, according to the Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) produced by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).CBI also remained nearly unchanged between the second and third quarters of 2013. 
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Construction Employment Extends Winning Streak in October

Friday, November 8, 2013 1:03 PM
National construction employment expanded by 11,000 jobs in September, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Nov. 8 jobs report. Nonresidential construction employment gained 6,400 positions. The national construction unemployment rate stood at 9 percent in October on a non-seasonally adjusted basis, down from 8.5 percent in September and 11.4 percent at the same time last year.
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Third Quarter Nonresidential Fixed Investment in Structures Rises 12.3 Percent

Thursday, November 7, 2013 12:45 PM
Fixed investment in nonresidential structures and intellectual property grew 12.3 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively, in the third quarter, according to the U.S. Commerce Department’s Nov. 7 report on gross domestic product (GDP). However, the growth was tempered by a 3.3 percent decline in fixed investment in nonresidential equipment.
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ABC Member Wins Alabama Special Runoff Election for U.S Congressional Seat

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 4:33 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today applauded the Nov. 5 victory of ABC Alabama Chapter member and former state Sen. Bradley Byrne in a Republican special primary runoff election for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Alabama’s 1st Congressional District.
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Construction Materials Prices Remain Flat in September

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 1:00 PM
Construction materials prices rose only 0.1 percent in September and are up just 0.6 percent year over year, according to the Oct. 29 Producer Price Index release by the Department of Labor.  Nonresidential construction materials were unchanged for the month and are 0.1 percent higher than one year ago.
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Posts Modest Gains in August

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 5:08 PM
Nonresidential construction spending grew 0.2 percent in August and is up 1.3 percent on an annual basis, according to the Oct. 22 release by the U.S. Census Bureau. August spending totaled $568.6 billion, on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis.
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