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 man has been jailed at Teesside Crown Court for engaging in sexual activity with a child, making an indecent image and child abduction.
An independent report into flooding in December 2015 has criticised aspects of the preparations and response, and made many recommendations.
24 North East Labour MPs have signed a letter to Theresa May about their fears for a 'hard Brexit' following comments made a Nissan boss.