Work levels fall for first time this year

Construction production fell 2% in April, the first drop recorded since December 2020.

Both new construction work and repair and maintenance recorded lower levels of work in April compared with March. Output levels remained above the pre-pandemic peak recorded in February 2020, however.

The residential and commercial sectors led the decline in new construction, falling 9.8% and 6.3% respectively. However, the strong recovery observed in recent months meant that in the less volatile quarter-on-quarter comparison, the production levels of the two sectors increased 4.8% and 7.6%, respectively.

Infrastructure, which has had the strongest performance since the beginning of last year, continued to grow in April with an 11 percent increase in production. The public sector and private industrial construction registered small increases in work levels.

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