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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, job openings, GDP and the Producer Price Index. 

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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ABC Applauds House for Addressing Key Standards for Immigration Reform

Thursday, January 30, 2014 4:49 PM
“We congratulate the House Republican Conference for taking this important step toward fixing our broken immigration system in the United States,” said ABC Vice President of Government Affairs Geoff Burr. “As this push toward reform continues, we look forward to working with both the House and Senate on developing proposals that meet the needs of the construction industry.
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Nonresidential Fixed Investment Expanded 3.8 Percent During Fourth Quarter of 2013

Thursday, January 30, 2014 11:20 AM
Nonresidential fixed investment expanded 3.8 percent while residential fixed investment fell 9.8 percent during the fourth quarter of 2013, according to a Jan. 30 release by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Overall, real gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 3.2 percent following a 4.1 percent increase in the third quarter.
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ABC Calls Obama’s “Minimum Wage” Increase a Misleading, Political Maneuver

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 1:55 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement in response to reports that President Barack Obama will sign an executive order to increase the minimum wage on new federal contracts from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour.
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Construction Materials Prices Rise Only 0.1 Percent in December

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 10:31 AM
Construction materials prices expanded just 0.1 percent in December and are up 1.3 percent year over year, according to a Jan. 15 Producer Price Index released by the Department of Labor. Nonresidential construction materials prices also rose only 0.1 percent for the month and are 1 percent higher than the same time one year ago. 
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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 »