There are around 150,000 unemployed construction workers, potentially costing the economy £2.1 billion a year in benefits and lost tax revenue, a report has said.
In 2012, 60,000 people lost their jobs, with the demand for construction work falling:
- 20% downturn in public sector housing contracts
- 5% fall in the private housing sector
- 15% cut in road and other infrastructure construction
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