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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Rebounds in February

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 9:26 AM
WASHINGTON, April 16—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator expanded to 8.8 months in February 2019, up 0.7 months or 8.2% from January 2019, when the backlog dipped to 8.1 months. Read the rest of entry »

Making Tax Deductions Permanent Will Expand Economic Growth, Says ABC

Monday, April 15, 2019 9:17 AM
WASHINGTON, April 15—According to Associated Builders and Contractors, the U.S. construction industry is still benefiting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which has helped small business owners grow their companies and workforce since its passage in December 2017. On Tax Day, ABC called on Congress to make the individual and pass-through small business deductions permanent—currently scheduled to sunset in 2025—and repeal the alternative minimum tax and the estate tax. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Input Prices Increase for the Second Straight Month, Says ABC

Thursday, April 11, 2019 11:02 AM
WASHINGTON, April 11—Construction input prices rose 1.7% in March on a monthly basis, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today. On a year-over-year basis, construction input prices are up 2.5%, and following a stretch of four consecutive months of input price decreases, March was the second straight month prices have risen in the aggregate. Inputs to nonresidential construction also increased 1.7% on a monthly basis and are up 3.2% compared to one year ago.  Read the rest of entry »

Construction Sees Minor Job Growth in March, Says ABC

Friday, April 5, 2019 11:42 AM
WASHINGTON, April 5—The construction industry added 16,000 net new jobs in March, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics today. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment is up 246,000 jobs, representing a 3.4% increase. Nonresidential employment added 3,200 net new jobs last month, with the bulk of growth among nonresidential specialty contractors, which added 5,500 net new jobs. Heavy and civil engineering added 600 jobs, while the nonresidential building category lost 2,900 positions.  Read the rest of entry »

February Construction Unemployment Rates Down in 46 States Year Over Year, Says ABC

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 9:30 AM
WASHINGTON, April 3—Estimated February not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates fell nationally and in 46 states on a year-over-year basis, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Spending Expands Again in February, Says ABC

Monday, April 1, 2019 12:13 PM
WASHINGTON, April 1—According to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today, national nonresidential construction spending rose 1.2 percent in February. Seasonally adjusted nonresidential spending totaled $773.8 billion, a 4.8 percent increase over the same time last year. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Honors Student Winners of Annual Construction Management Competition

Thursday, March 28, 2019 6:35 PM
LONG BEACH, California, March 29—Twenty-one teams of undergraduate students from colleges and universities nationwide put their construction project leadership skills to the test during Associated Builders and Contractors’ annual Construction Management Competition at ABC Convention 2019 in Long Beach, California, March 24-28. The four-person teams, which were assigned to complete the same construction management project over two days, received awards in five categories at the Careers in Construction Awards ceremony at the convention’s conclusion.  Read the rest of entry »

ABC Backs Bill to Increase Competition on Taxpayer-funded Construction Contracts

Thursday, March 28, 2019 2:44 PM
WASHINGTON, March 28—Associated Builders and Contractors today voiced its strong support for the Fair and Open Competition Act (H.R. 1858/S. 907), which will benefit taxpayers by encouraging more qualified construction companies to compete for federal and federally funded construction projects. The bill, introduced by Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) and Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.), prevents federal agencies and recipients of federal funding from requiring contractors to sign controversial project labor agreements as a condition of winning federal or federally assisted construction contracts.   Read the rest of entry »

ABC Honors Contractors Leading the Industry in Safety Performance

Thursday, March 28, 2019 10:00 AM
LONG BEACH, California, March 28—Associated Builders and Contractors announced the winners of the 2018 National Safety Excellence Awards during the 29th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards at ABC Convention 2019 in Long Beach, California. A total of 42 ABC member companies were recognized for their safety performance at a gala on March 27. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Announces National Diversity Excellence Award Winners

Thursday, March 28, 2019 10:00 AM
LONG BEACH, California, March 28—Associated Builders and Contractors has named the winners of the National Diversity Excellence Awards, an annual recognition of ABC members that display exemplary diversity leadership in their workforce, supply chain and community with best-in-class recruitment policies, retention practices and education and mentoring programs. The winners were honored at the 29th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards during ABC Convention 2019 in Long Beach, California. Read the rest of entry »