'Wylfa B' project is bright spot

The biggest forecasted area for improvement between now and 2017 is infrastructure, with average growth of 14.3% per year. That's providing the project to build a new nuclear power station at Wylfa on Anglesey goes ahead from 2016, which will also generate work for a wide number in the supply chain.

Wylfa nuclear power station
Japanese company Hitachi recently took over the project to build 'Wylfa B' Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

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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.