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Construction industry gloom

Construction output fell by 13% in 2012, according to the Construction Skills Network. It forecasts that there will be more than 20,000 fewer workers employed in the industry at the end of 2017, compared to the peak in 2007.

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Bleak picture for building industry

3,500 Welsh building workers could lose their jobs over the next five years because on ongoing struggles in the building industry. Output fell in Wales by 13% last year, leaving construction still in recession.

Just one project, the planned Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey, would be responsible for the bulk of any growth, according to the Construction Skills Network. They're the industry training organisation. That, though, will be little comfort for workers in others parts of Wales.

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