Construction employment down by almost one fifth

The number of people working in construction has fallen by almost a fifth in the last year, it was revealed today.

According to the Central Statistics Office, the dramatic collapse in the sector worsened during the summer with employment falling 17.9% by the end of August.

The 12 months to July saw a 16% fall.

The CSO survey, which examines around 1,000 building firms with more than five staff, showed that jobs in construction have been falling steadily since April last year.

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