Construction output in the North East fell by nine per cent last year, which was one of the biggest falls in the country. However, output also dropped in Scotland and the North West.
The Construction Skills Network said the shortage of private investment continued to hit the region, but it thinks the North East will recover quicker than the rest of the country.
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