A BOOM in construction jobs fuelled a 50,000 surge in the numbers at work in Ireland last year.

But employment in the building industry has not bounced back to Celtic Tiger levels.

New figures reveal that the number of people at work grew by just over 2pc, or 50,000 people, while unemployment plummeted by more than 10pc last year. The number of people at work rose to 2.27 million – an all-time high.

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Credit to Construction Network Ireland.