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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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Nonresidential Construction Employment Declines in December

Friday, January 10, 2014 12:17 PM
National construction employment decreased by 16,000 jobs in December, according to a Jan. 10 report by the U.S. Department of Labor.  Nonresidential construction registered the bulk of job losses, contributing 88.1 percent of total construction industry job loss and losing 14,100 positions on a monthly basis.  
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Returns to Normal After Government Shutdown

Thursday, January 2, 2014 11:44 AM
Nonresidential construction spending grew 0.6 on a monthly and yearly basis in November 2013, according to the Jan. 2 release by the U.S. Census Bureau. In November, spending totaled $583.436 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis. 
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Construction Materials Prices Remain Stable in November

Friday, December 13, 2013 11:17 AM
Overall, construction materials prices fell 0.5 percent in November and are up only 1.1 percent year over year, according to the Department of Labor’s Dec. 13 Producer Price Index.  Nonresidential construction materials are down 0.6 percent for the month and are 0.7 percent lower than the same time last year. 
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Nonresidential Construction Continues to Gain Jobs in November

Friday, December 6, 2013 12:56 PM
National construction employment expanded by 17,000 jobs in November, according to a Dec. 6 report by the U.S. Department of Labor. Nonresidential construction added 7,700 positions on a monthly basis, contributing nearly half (45.2 percent) of the overall gain in construction employment. 
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Inches Higher

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 12:28 PM
Nonresidential construction spending increased 1.6 percent on a monthly basis in October after declining 1.3 percent in September, according to the Dec. 2 release by the U.S. Census Bureau. (This release contained two months of data because of the federal government shutdown.) On a year-over-year basis, nonresidential construction spending is down 0.7 percent through October. Spending totaled $575.563 billion for the month on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis.
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ABC and Synergis Team Up to Deliver BIM Training for Contractors

Thursday, November 21, 2013 5:07 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced a collaboration with Synergis Engineering Design Solutions, a Platinum provider of Autodesk products, to bring Building Information Modeling (BIM) training to ABC contractor members to make them more productive, efficient and profitable. The training is part of a larger effort known as Project Virtual. Read the rest of entry »

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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