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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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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Construction Employment Resumes Growth in October

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 12:17 PM
Overall national construction employment rose by 20,000 jobs in September, with nonresidential construction employment gaining 12,000 positions, according to an Oct. 22 report by the Department of Labor. The national construction unemployment rate stood at 8.5 percent in September on a non-seasonally adjusted basis, down from 9.1 percent in August and 11.9 percent at the same time last year.
Since September 2012, the construction industry has added 193,000 jobs, or 3.4 percent. Of that total, 37 percent is attributable to nonresidential activities, down from 42 percent in August 2013. 
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Despite Headwinds, Contractor Confidence Rises In First Half Of 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 9:05 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors’ Construction Confidence Index (CCI) shows confidence among nonresidential contractors increased slightly during the first half of 2013, despite sequestration and rising interest rates.  
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ABC Pelican Chapter President Testifies on Importance of Career and Technical Education in Construction

Friday, September 20, 2013 11:11 AM
Washington, D.C. – In testimony today before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Pelican Chapter President Alvin Bargas discussed the importance of career and technical education (CTE) programs to the construction industry. 
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Associated Builders and Contractors to Host Forum for Industrial Project Delivery Best Practices Oct. 22-23

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 4:13 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced it will host its first Industrial Users Summit, Oct. 22-23, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas. The event will bring together industrial construction users and merit shop contractors to discuss common issues that affect the way projects are planned and delivered.
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