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Unemployment falls in North East

The number of people in work in the North East has risen over the last three months, although the real value of pay continues to decline, new figures show.

The UK's employment rate is now at a joint record high of 75.3%, reported the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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72.2%
employment rate in the north east
11,000
more people in work over the last quarter
4.4%
the percentage of people claiming Job Seeker's Allowance in the north east
2.4%
the percentage of people claiming Job Seeker's Allowance nationally
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North East unemployment stands at 68,000 or 5.2% - a fall of 7,000 over the quarter and 20,000 over the year. This compares to a rate of 4.3% nationally.

Nationally, unemployment fell by 3,000 to 1.44 million, which is 160,000 lower than a year ago.

The number of people classed as economically inactive, including students, those on long-term sick leave, taken early retirement or who have given up looking for work, fell by 79,000 to 8.7 million, the lowest since the winter of 2000-01.

Paul Carbert, policy adviser, North East England Chamber of Commerce said:

“More positive news this month and a continuation of the recent trend, with healthy falls in unemployment and rises in employment. The unemployment rate for the North East this quarter is at a record low. As the labour market tightens, we need to ensure that workers can acquire the skills required by businesses to drive forward growth.

– Paul Carbert, policy adviser, North East England Chamber of Commerce