South Tyneside Council has committed to phasing in a national living wage. By April 2015 all employees will be paid at least £7.29 per hour.Read the full story ›
Hundreds of jobs with some of the region's biggest employers will be on offer today, October 16, at the SHINE recruitment event at St James' Park.
Jobseekers can attend workshops and find out about some of the 1,000 vacancies available from employers, who include Tesco Bank, More Than and BT/Manpower, between 10am-4pm.
More than 400 people have signed up to take part in a 'talent showcase' where there is a chance to walk away with a job offer at the fair itself.
Tata Steel is planning to sell its Long Products division, which employs 6,500 workers at sites including Teesside, Cumbria and York.Read the full story ›
A council project to create pre-payment cards for people on benefits has been cancelled, after only two volunteers signed up.Read the full story ›
Final plans are being submitted to create Europe's largest potash mine. York Potash hope to build the £2bn mine on the North York Moors National Park. Campaigners argue it could ruin the environment but supporters say it would bring jobs.
Last year, the controversial plans were deferred till now. York Potash asked for more time to submit further details on the application - deferring the decision for a third time.
Over 80 people are at risk of losing their jobs as the announcement comes that a supermarket will close in Crook in November.
The Co-operative on New Road employs 83 people, who are all at risk of being made redundant when the shop closes on 29th November.
The supermarket has been sold to Lidl, which intends to undergo "extensive works".
A spokesperson for The Co-operative Food said:
I can confirm that we have agreed to sell our food store in Crook to Lidl. The Co-operative Group continually reviews its retail estate, and we have made the decision to focus on smaller convenience stores and sell those trading outlets that do not align with our strategy.
All 83 staff will transfer to the new operator, and it will continue to trade as a Co-operative store until it transfers to Lidl. However, we understand that following completion of the acquisition Lidl intends to undergo extensive works at the store, after which it will be six months before it re-opens. Regrettably, this means that all staff are at risk of redundancy.
The consideration to sell the store is in no way a reflection on the hard work and commitment from colleagues working at the Crook store.
It has been announced that across the UK, the jobless total is now 468,000 fewer than a year earlier, the largest annual fall in unemployment since 1988.
George Osborne has tweeted that the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) mark another step towards full employment.
However, the North East is the worst area in the UK for unemployment, recording a 1,000 increase in the number of people without a job in the three months to July, suggesting there is still much to do by the UK government.
Today's employment stats mark another step towards full employment. But still much more to do. Will set out further plans this autumn
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that a total of 132,000 people were unemployed in the North East between May and July.
The region's unemployment rate was 9.9% and saw a rise of 0.8% during the period.
It is the worst area in the UK for unemployment, recording a 1,000 increase in the number of people without a job in the three months to July.
However, the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has fallen below one million for the first time in six years.
And across the UK, the jobless total is now 468,000 fewer than a year earlier, the largest annual fall in unemployment since 1988.
The number of people unemployed in the North East has risen by 1,000 to 132,000 in the period between May and July.
The region remains top of the unemployment league with almost one in 10 out of work.
Nationally, unemployment fell by 146,000 to 2.2million.
It has been announced that a cancer treatment unit on Teesside will close by November 2014.
The inpatient haematology unit at Stockton's North Tees Hospital sees about 20 patients a week with a variety of blood diseases.
NHS bosses say they'll have to close the unit after failing to train enough senior doctors.