It's always been an indicator of how the economy is doing, but today builders' worst suspicions were confirmed.
The region has been through one of the biggest downturns in construction in the country.
A lack of private investment and big public projects are being blamed for another year of falling output.
But, as Dan Ashby reports, the figures show there may be signs of a recovery.
You can watch his full report below.
More top news
A look ahead at the forecast for the Tyne Tees region
Police are urging people not to take the law into their own hands after a man was assaulted in a case of suspected mis-identification.
Theresa May has pledged a rapid response to try to get hundreds of Nestle workers at risk of redundancy back into work.