First quarter of 2010 saw 29,000 redundancies compared to 14,000 in Q2 2008

Construction redundancies are running at twice the level they were before the recession, new figures have revealed.

According to the TUC there were 29,000 people made redundant in the first quarter of 2010 compared to 14,000 in Q2 2008.

Construction vacancies were 64% lower than they were before the recession with 10,000 vacancies in construction in May 2010 compared to 28,000 in April 2008, the last month before the downturn began to bite.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: ’Economic recovery remains fragile. Even on the most optimistic assumptions recovery is not strong enough to generate new jobs for those being made redundant in both the private and public sectors as a result of the spending cuts.”

The TUC analysis comes ahead of today’s unemployment statistics from the Office for National Statistics.