The latest unemployment figures have been published and show a further drop in the North East.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said 127,000 people were out of work in the region between July and September – a fall of 7,000.
But the North East still has the highest unemployment rate, at 9.8 per cent.
The figures show the rate is down so far this year by almost two per cent compared with a fall nationally of half a per cent.
Unemployment fell to its lowest total for more than a year,although there was an increase in the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance.
The jobless total dropped by 49,000 in the quarter to September to 2.51million, the lowest figure since last summer.
But the so-called claimant countjumped by 10,100 last month to 1.58 million, the highest since July, and thebiggest monthly rise since last September.
- More people in part-time jobs:
The number of people in work increased by 100,000 in the latest quarter to just under 30 million, a rise of more than half a million over the past year.
The figures also revealed long-term unemployment - thoseout of work for more than a year - increased by 12,000 in the quarter to Septemberto 894,000, while 443,000 people have been jobless for more than two years - this is up by21,000.
Part-time employment increased by 49,000 to 8.1 million, close to arecord high, while there were 51,000 more people in full-time jobs, at 21.4million.
Unemployment among women fell by 10,000 to 1.09 million and by 39,000among men to 1.43 million.
- 16 to 24-year-olds:
Unemployment among 16 to 24-year-olds fell by49,000.