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Construction Materials Prices Increase 0.7 Percent in January

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:50 AM
National construction materials prices increased 0.7 percent in January, with year-over-year prices rising 1.3 percent. Nonresidential construction materials prices were up 0.6 percent for the month and 0.8 percent during the last 12 months. Read the rest of entry »

Commercial Construction Stagnant In The Final Quarter Of 2012

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 8:00 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today reports that its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) remained unchanged at 8 months from the third quarter through the fourth quarter of 2012; however, it is up 2.4 percent compared to a year ago. CBI is measured in months and reflects the amount of construction work under contract, but not yet completed by nonresidential contractors.
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President Obama 'Plays Politics' With Re-Nomination Of NLRB Appointees

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 4:12 PM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s nomination of Democrats Sharon Block and Richard Griffin to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB):
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ABC Encouraged By President Obama's Commitment To Immigration Reform; Disappointed By Lack Of Guest Worker Plan

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 10:25 PM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

“We welcome President Obama’s call for comprehensive immigration reform,” said ABC Vice President of Government Affairs Geoff Burr. “Legal immigrants play a vital role in our construction workforce. Unfortunately, current immigration laws disproportionately affect construction companies due to their fluctuating work needs.
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ABC Unveils New, Advanced Political Advocacy App

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 10:18 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today unveiled its new political advocacy action software application (app), ABC Action, which allows users to send letters directly to the offices of federal officials in Washington, D.C. on a mobile device.
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Increases 0.3 Percent in December

Friday, February 1, 2013 11:50 AM
The nation’s nonresidential construction spending increased 0.3 percent in December, with outlays increasing to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $570.4 billion, according to the Feb. 1 report by the U.S. Census Bureau. Year over year, total nonresidential construction spending is up 1.2 percent.
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Construction Adds 28,000 Jobs in January, but Unemployment Increases to 16.1 Percent

Friday, February 1, 2013 10:48 AM
Despite the addition of 28,000 jobs in January, the nation’s construction industry unemployment rate shot up to 16.1 percent, according to the Feb. 1 employment report by the U.S. Department of Labor. The January rate marks an increase from 13.5 percent in December 2012, but a decrease from 17.7 percent the same time last year. Year over year, construction employment has risen by 102,000 jobs, or 1.8 percent.
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Nonresidential Fixed Investment Up 8.4 Percent

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 1:24 PM
Despite a decline in the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the last quarter of 2012, the Bureau of Economic Analysis Jan. 30 reported nonresidential fixed investment increased 8.4 percent for the fourth quarter as investment in equipment and software jumped 12.4 percent, which outweighed a 1.1 percent decline in investment in structures.  For the year, nonresidential fixed investment increased 7.7 percent, with investment in structures up 9.6 percent and investment in equipment and software up 6.9 percent. 
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Legislation Would Restore Fair and Open Competition on Federal Construction Projects

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 10:17 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today voiced its strong support for the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 436/S. 109), a measure introduced by Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) that would ensure fair and open competition on federal and federally funded construction projects.
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ABC-Led Coalition Wins Court Challenge To President Obama's Recess Appointments

Friday, January 25, 2013 12:58 PM
The ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace today won a challenge to President Obama’s Jan. 4, 2012, recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the president violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill NLRB vacancies with Democrats Sharon Block and Richard Griffin.
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