Output and Employment in the Construction Industry: Second Quarter 2006

The total volume of construction output in the year to the second quarter of 2006 was unchanged compared to the previous year. Overall new work rose over the same period, with increases in all sectors except public non-housing and infrastructure output. Repair and maintenance fell in all sectors. Output in the second quarter of 2006 rose by one per cent compared to the first quarter of 2006 both in volume terms and in current prices.

The total volume of new work in the year to the second quarter of 2006 was two per cent higher compared with the previous year and rose by two per cent in the second quarter when compared with the previous quarter. The total volume of repair and maintenance work fell by three per cent in the year to the second quarter of 2006 compared with the previous year, and was one per cent lower in the second quarter of 2006 compared to the previous quarter.

New private housing work in the year to the second quarter of 2006 was two per cent higher compared with the previous year and the second quarter of 2006 was two per cent higher than the previous quarter. New work in the public housing sector in the year to the second quarter of 2006 was eight per cent higher (on a small base figure) compared with the previous year and the latest quarter was five per cent higher than the previous quarter. New infrastructure output in the year to the second quarter of 2006 was four per cent lower compared with the previous year and the second quarter of 2006 fell by one per cent compared with the previous quarter.

New construction work in the private industrial sector in the year to the second quarter of 2006 was 11 per cent higher compared with the previous year, but fell by one per cent in the latest quarter compared with the previous quarter. New private commercial output in the year to the second quarter of 2006 was seven per cent higher compared to the previous year and was five per cent higher in the second quarter of 2006 compared to the previous quarter. New work in the public non-housing sector (excluding infrastructure) in the year to the second quarter of 2006 fell by eight per cent compared to the previous year and by three per cent compared with the previous quarter.

Housing repair and maintenance work (including improvement work) in the public sector fell by 10 per cent in the year to the second quarter of 2006 compared with the previous year and by seven per cent in the most recent quarter compared with previous quarter. Housing repair and maintenance work in the private sector in the year to the second quarter of 2006 was two per cent lower compared with the previous year but rose by two per cent in the second quarter of 2006 compared to the previous quarter.

Repair and maintenance work in the public non-housing sector in the year to the second quarter of 2006 was two per cent lower compared with the previous year, and was seven per cent lower in the most recent quarter compared with the previous quarter. Repair and maintenance work in the private non-housing sector in the year to the second quarter of 2006 was one per cent lower compared with the previous year but rose by two per cent in the most recent quarter compared with the previous quarter.

The seasonally adjusted number of employees in employment in April 2006 was two per cent lower compared with January 2006 but was unchanged when compared with April 2005. Total employment (including the self-employed) in April 2006 was one per cent lower compared with January 2006 but was unchanged when compared with April 2006.

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