Economist suggests “wait-and-see” approach to construction market

Source: Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C.

ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu forecasts continued momentum for construction next year, mindful that a “heightened level of uncertainty could induce many economic actors to adopt a wait-and-see attitude, further reducing economic activity in the context of an already rapidly softening global economic environment.”

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Lead economist: Construction employment rises 4 percent year over year

Source: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.

An Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of new U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicates construction employment increased 280,000 in 2018, a 4.0 percent gain over the prior-year level. The analysis also showed industry unemployment rising to 5.1 percent during December, due to a meaningful increase in labor force participation, yet remained 0.8 percent lower than at the same time in 2017.  

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