Young - and looking for work

As the latest jobs figures are released, we hear the differing experiences of two young people, in looking for work

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Unemployment in North East drops by 10,000

A total of 124,000 people were unemployed in the North East Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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.

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Final decision on closure of County Durham care homes

Councillors will take a final decision on the future of five care homes in County Durham at a cabinet meeting later.

Mendip House is one of the care homes under threat

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.

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