A sample survey carried out among construction enterprises showed that employment indices declined by 5.0 per cent over the corresponding quarter of 2011, the NSO revealed on Friday. When adjusted for working-day effects, hours worked decreased by 1.4 per cent whereas wages and salaries increased by 1.9 per cent.
Compared to the fourth quarter of 2011, seasonally adjusted data on employment and gross wages and salaries declined by 1.5 and 0.5 per cent respectively, while hours worked edged
up by 0.2 per cent.
Seasonally adjusted data for which new permits were granted increased by 1.9 per cent over the previous quarter. Whereas permits for two or more dwelling residential buildings rose by
11.0 per cent, these dropped by 16.5 per cent for one-dwelling residential buildings.
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