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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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Construction in Wales still in recession

The construction industry in Wales is still in recession - after output fell by 13% during 2012. The annual industry report from the Construction Skills Network does, though, show a more positive outlook for the next few years - with output projected to increase steadily through to 2017.

Construction industry jobs are expected to continue falling, before stabilising in 2015 Credit: Rui Vieira / PA Wire / Press Association Images

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