AGC CEO: Shutdown could undermine construction industry's recovery

August's construction spending numbers aren't out yet because the Census Bureau didn't release them due to the federal government shutdown, according to a statement released by The Associated General Contractors of America. "It is hard to get a sense of where the industry is heading when basic construction spending data isn’t available," said Ken Simonson, AGC's chief economist. "This shutdown poses a real risk of undermining the industry’s long-awaited recovery," said CEO Stephen Sandherr.

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