Here is a chart that pretty much speaks for itself. It shows the regional change in the level of construction workforce jobs across the UK from before the recession to the summer of this year.
Yesterday I looked at the trends in construction employment (a subtly different measure, but broadly similar) and the likely path of job creation/losses.
I thought today I might dig into the ONS data and extract numbers for the regions.
So I have taken an average of the ONS workforce jobs for the four quarters of 2007 and for the four quarters to June 2012 and measured the fall.
Here are the results.
The pattern is plain. While in London the workforce appears to have expanded in the North East construction jobs are about a third fewer in number.
Hopefully this helps to illustrate the very varied pattern of construction activity throughout the UK.