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North East unemployment rate drops

Unemployment in the North East has dropped by nearly eight per cent. Photo: Press Association Images

The latest unemployment figures show a drop in the number of people out of work in the North East.

The jobless total in the region fell 11,000 in the three months to August to 129,000, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

That's an unemployment rate of 9.9 per cent. The region saw the third largest increase in employment in the country.

"It's a real landmark to see more people in work than ever before.

"Despite the tough economic times, the private sector continues to create jobs and our welfare reforms are encouraging people to return to work - with 170,000 fewer people on the main out-of-work benefits than in May 2010."

– Mark Hoban, Minister for Employment

Nationwide: the number of people in work has reached a record high, although more are in part-time jobs than ever.

Employment grew in the quarter to August by 212,000 to 29.59 million. Unemployment nationally fell by 50,000 in the same period to 2.53 million, the lowest since the spring, giving a jobless rate of 7.9 per cent.

The numbers claiming jobseeker's allowance fell by 4,000 in September to 1.57 million, the third consecutive monthly fall and the lowest total since July 2011.

According to the ONS, part-time employment increased by 125,000 between March and May to a record high of 8.13 million.

The number of people in part-time jobs because they could not find full-time work was close to a record high at 1.4 million.

Youth unemployment: fell by 62,000 to 957,000, the lowest figure for more than a year.

Self-employment: has increased - up by 35,000 to 4.2 million, while the number of unpaid workers in a family business rose by 2,000 to 112,000.

"The big fall in youth unemployment is particularly welcome, but we know this remains a challenge, which is why we have the £1 billion Youth Contract offering nearly 500,000 work experience places, apprenticeships and wage incentives to help young people get a job."

– Mark Hoban, Minister for Employment