Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2009–10
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/06/2010
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21.1 Construction Production(a)(b)
In 2008-09 the construction industry employed an average of 988,000 people (table 21.2), 2% higher than in 2007-08. The number of employees and own account workers increased by 3% and less than 1% respectively since 2007-08, while the number of employers fell by 2%. Own account workers are people who operate their own unincorporated economic enterprise or engage independently in a profession or trade, and hire no employees.
In 2008-09 the majority of construction industry employment was in construction services (654,600 people or 66%), which includes those engaged in services such as earthmoving, concreting, bricklaying, roofing, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, glazing and landscaping. Building construction includes the construction of houses, other residential buildings and non-residential buildings. In 2008-09 average annual employment in building construction decreased by 3% to 238,300 people.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics compiles two price indexes relating to the construction industry - the Price Index of Output of the General Construction Industry, and the Price Index of Materials Used in Home Building. Information on recent trends in these indexes is provided in Construction industries indexes in the Prices chapter.
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