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.
One roofing company in Washington says it has had to adapt to survive.
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Our Political Correspondent Paul Brand has been examining the snapshots for Berwick-upon-Tweed, a marginal seat in this year's election.
Blyth Tall Ship has received grant of £777,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to buy and restore a 100 year old wooden tall ship.
There are 37 constituencies in our region - 26 Labour, nine Conservative and two Liberal Democrat - but three of particular interest.