Published Thursday, 29 August 2013
House prices are rising, unemployment is falling and consumers are feeling more confident.
The level of output has now returned to where it was a decade ago in 2004 - £24bn.
In the intervening years there's been no increase in the total value of what the region produces, but there have been signs that things are about to change for the better.
Nine homes are being rebuilt and revamped in the village off Belfast's Donegall Road in a scheme worth three quarters of a million pounds.
The contract placed by the Fold Housing Association is helping construction company MFS expand - and it expects to double its workforce to almost 400 over this year and next.
The construction sector has seen an improvement in sentiment albeit from very low levels.
Consumer confidence is also on the rise according to a survey conducted by Danske Bank. The feel good factor has reached its highest level in three years.
Meanwhile the Ulster Bank's sampling of economic output also indicates a turn for the better. The most recent PMI survey showed business activity has increased for the first time in almost six years.
The economy is forecast to rise by almost 2% next year, suggesting that modest progress - subject to setbacks - is being made.
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