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In 2006-07 the construction industry employed an average of 917,600 people (table 21.2), 4.7% higher than in 2005-06. The number of employees increased by 9.0% since 2005-06, while the number of employers and own account workers fell by 10% and 2.8% respectively.
In 2006-07 the majority of construction industry employment was in construction trade services (633,500 people or 69%), which includes those engaged in services such as earthmoving, concreting, bricklaying, roofing, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, glazing and landscaping. General construction includes the construction of houses, buildings and structures. In 2006-07 average annual employment in general construction increased by 6.6% to 284,100 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.