CONSTRUCTION output during the third quarter of 1999 was 2 per cent up on the same period a year ago.
Latest figures from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions show output hit £14.3 billion between July and September.
The main contributors to the increase were infrastructure and public contracts, which enjoyed year-on-year rises of 6 per cent and 15 per cent respectively.
New housing work in the public sector fell by 8 per cent, with a 1 per cent fall in private jobs.
Private commercial work rose by 5 per cent but repair and maintenance of housing fell.
Employment in the industry at the start of October stood at 1,403,000, compared with 1,418,000 three months earlier.