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August ABI Shows Slight Decrease in Design Services


According to a press release from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) for August showed a slowing in design services. The 49.1 score illustrated a decline after three consecutive months of positive scores (scores above 50). July’s ABI score was 54.7.

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3 Indicators of Construction’s Growth in 2015

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construction backlog index map of us
total construction CPIP
NonRes Construction CPIP

As predicated at the end of 2014, the construction industry is slated to grow during the next year (and beyond). With construction starts estimated to increase 9% from 2014 to $612 billion, we’ve already begun to see some indicators of this growth in areas such as employment, the construction backlog indicator and construction spending. 

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Fall trends in Construction’s Spending & 2015’s Outlook

A recent press release from The Associated General Contractors of America, reported that construction spending fell for the second consecutive month in September. According to Ken Simonson, the AGC of America’s chief economist, "construction gains remain fragmentary and volatile, even though industry employment has been picking up in more states."

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