The majority of commercial and industrial contractors are confident about sales growth, profits and staffing levels heading into 2018, according to the latest Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Construction Confidence Index (CCI). Despite rising construction labor and materials costs, 55 percent of contractors expect their profit margins to expand in the first half of 2018.
According to a report recently released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the private construction industry’s value added as a percentage of the nation’s real gross domestic product (GDP) rose to 4 percent in 2016, the highest level since 2009. The report also shows annual growth in real construction spending, which rose 3.5 percent in 2016. Thirty-seven states benefited from the rise in construction activity in their state, while 13 states experienced a reduction in activity.
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) reported its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) fell to 8.6 months during the second quarter of 2017, down 4.1 percent from the first quarter of 2017. CBI is up by 0.1 months, or 1.4 percent, on a year-over-year basis.
The national construction industry added 8,000 net new jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in September, according to an analysis by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of a recent release from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The nonresidential sector added 11,700 jobs for the month, which means that residential construction lost several thousand jobs. Nonresidential specialty trade contractors paced the segment, adding 8,500 net new jobs on a monthly basis.
According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the U.S. economy has gone through eight cycles of recession since 1960. This means the United States has found itself in a correction/recession every eight years in the past 56 years. The economy is now in its seventh year of official growth since 2009. These statistics suggest that in the next 18 to 24 months, the economy will face headwinds, or market correction.
In 2016, it seemed as though the United States was always marking time. Everyone was waiting to see which way the presidential election would go and the economy chugged along at 1.6 percent, according to a report by the U.S. Commerce Department. This was a slip from 2.6 percent in 2015—the worst performance since 2011. By contrast, 2017 has been a banner year for the stock market. Optimism over tax incentives and reduced regulation has fueled speculation and enticed money into the market.
The consensus that our nation’s aging infrastructure is in serious need of repair and the need to rebuild is broadly accepted by legislators, business leaders and the American public.
If economic performance reflected consumer and business ebullience, the United States would be in the midst of a historic boom.
Construction input prices increased 0.3 percent in July and are up 3 percent on a year-over-year basis, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nonresidential construction input prices were in line with overall industry dynamics, increasing 0.3 percent for the month and 2.7 percent for the year.
Construction input prices remained unchanged in May, ending five consecutive months of price expansion, according to analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Construction input prices expanded 3.4 percent on a year-over-year basis.
National construction employment added 11,000 net new jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in May according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).
National construction employment remained largely unchanged for the second consecutive month, adding 5,000 net new jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in April, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).