Total Volume of Construction Output in the Year to the Third Quarter 2006

The total volume of construction output in the year to the third 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 third quarter of 2006 rose by one per cent compared to the second quarter of 2006 in volume terms and by three per cent in current prices.

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

New private housing work in the year to the third quarter of 2006 was two per cent higher compared with the previous year and the third quarter of 2006 was three per cent higher than the previous quarter. New work in the public housing sector in the year to the third quarter of 2006 was 20 per cent higher (on a small base figure) compared with the previous year but the latest quarter was three per cent lower than the previous quarter. New infrastructure output in the year to the third quarter of 2006 was three per cent lower compared with the previous year but the third quarter of 2006 rose by four per cent compared with the previous quarter.

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

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

Repair and maintenance work in the public non-housing sector in the year to the third quarter of 2006 was four per cent lower compared with the previous year, but was three per cent higher 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 third quarter of 2006 was three per cent lower compared with the previous year but rose by two per cent in the most recent quarter compared with the previous quarter.

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

Regional breakdown
Shows current price contractors output by Government Office region.


Posted 5th December 2006

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