As the latest jobs figures are released, we hear the differing experiences of two young people, in looking for work
Durham County Council's Cabinet has voted unanimously to close the last five council run elderly care homes.
Some quite interesting bits of knowledge about wind power generation.
Unemployment in the North East fell to 9.3% over the three months to February. The current jobless rate now stands at 124,000, meaning 10,000 fewer people out of work than in the previous quarter.
The North East still has the highest unemployment rate in the UK.
National figures show drop in unemployment and numbers claiming jobseeker's allowance as well as a record 30.3 million people in work.
Unemployment fell by 77,000 in the three months to February to 2.24 million, a jobless rate of just under 7%, the lowest for five years.
The Employment Minister Esther McVey will speak to young people in Newcastle later, as the latest jobs figures are announced. Last month, the figures showed an unemployment rate of 9.5% in the North East, the highest of any region in the UK.
Councillors will take a final decision on the future of five care homes in County Durham at a cabinet meeting later.
The homes in Stanhope, Belmont, Ferryhill, Peterlee and Chester-le-Street are likely to close, to save money. Campaigners have said the stress of moving elderly residents could cost lives.
He is scared of fat cats but likes to chew things over before he makes any big decisions.
Zeus the Rottweiler was issued with a polling card, giving him the right to vote in May's European elections. We asked his owner Russell Hoyle, from Norton on Teesside, about his pet's political leanings.
He is 63 in dog years, well over the eligible age to vote, although unfortunately not the right species. Nonetheless, the Hoyle family's pet Rottweiler, called Zeus, was issued a polling card for the European elections.
His owner Russell explained how it happened:
The reopening of the steel plant at Redcar two years ago brought hundreds of jobs back to Teesside.
However its owners SSI say the world market is tough and the site is still operating at a loss.
Cornelius Louwrens, SSI's UK Business Director, said the company is confident it will soon turn a profit:
It is exactly two years since steelmaking returned to Teesside. The blast furnace at Redcar had been mothballed under previous owners in 2012, but it was bought by the Thai firm SSI and on this day in 2012, it was relit.