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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. ABC construction economic releases are published according to this schedule 



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Construction Unemployment Rises to 11.9 Percent in September

Friday, October 5, 2012 1:39 PM
In a sign the nation’s construction industry continues to struggle, the construction unemployment rate rose to 11.9 percent in September, up from 11.3 percent in August, according to the Labor Department’s Oct. 5 employment report. However, the construction unemployment rate is down from 13.3 percent the same time last year. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Spending Declines Second Month in Row; Down 0.6 Percent in August

Monday, October 1, 2012 9:40 PM
Construction spending has fallen for the second consecutive month, dipping 0.6 percent in August, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, spending is up 6.5 percent from one year ago.  Read the rest of entry »

Construction Materials Prices Increase for First Time in Four Months

Thursday, September 13, 2012 2:07 PM
The nation’s construction materials prices increased for the first time in four months, rising 0.9 percent in August, according to the Sept. 13 Producer Price Index report by the U.S. Labor Department. Year over year, construction materials prices are up 1 percent. Nonresidential construction materials prices were 1 percent higher for the month and are up 0.7 percent from August 2011. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Spending Slips 0.9 Percent in July

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 2:24 PM
Further signaling a lackluster national economy, construction spending – which includes both nonresidential and residential building – decreased 0.9 percent in July, but is up 9.3 percent year over year, according to the Sept. 4 report by the U.S. Census Bureau. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Confidence Wanes as Nation Approaches Fiscal Cliff

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 11:42 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released its newest construction economic measure, the Construction Confidence Index (CCI). The CCI reflects three aspects of the U.S. nonresidential construction industry – sales prospects, staffing levels, and profit margins. During the second quarter of 2012, all three indices declined, undoing much of the first quarter’s progress and indicating that nonresidential construction momentum is waning. However, index values remain above 50, indicating ongoing expectations of construction spending growth.
  • Sales expectations fell from 68.3 to 62.3
  • Profit margins fell from 57.9 to 53.5
  • Staffing levels fell from 64.3 to 59.8
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Construction Backlog Bounces Back In Second Quarter Of 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 2:40 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today reports its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) rose 4.3 percent in the second quarter of 2012 after declining the two previous quarters. Despite the quarterly expansion, CBI is 0.3 months, or 4.2 percent below the second quarter of 2011. CBI is a forward-looking economic indicator that measures the amount of construction work under contract to be completed in the future.
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ABC Supports Selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Nominee for Vice President

Monday, August 13, 2012 11:34 AM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced U.S. House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his running mate. ABC endorsed Mitt Romney for president during its Feb. 22 Board of Directors meeting. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Construction Spending Unchanged in June

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 2:51 PM
“Nonresidential construction spending in June was roughly in accordance with expectations,” said Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “The volume of spending was virtually unchanged for the month, reflecting an economy that is growing slowly, but with an insufficient level of confidence to produce significant numbers of new construction starts. Read the rest of entry »

Investment in Nonresidential Structures Slows Sharply During Second Quarter

Friday, July 27, 2012 10:08 PM
Investment in the nation’s nonresidential structures rose 5.3 percent in the second quarter of the year, following a revised 7.5 percent increase in the first quarter of 2012, according to the July 27 gross domestic product report (GDP) by the U.S. Commerce Department. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Offers Health Care Solutions After House Votes To Repeal Obamacare

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 4:03 PM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Repeal of Obamacare Act (H.R. 6079) by a vote of 244 to 185.
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