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The latest unemployment figures show a further drop in the North East.

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Long-term unemployment increase

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed long-term unemployment - those out of work for more than a year - increased by 12,000 in the quarter to September to 894,000 nationwide.

The figures also show 443,000 people have been jobless for more than two years - this is up by 21,000.

Latest unemployment figures show a further drop in region

Latest unemployment figures from The Office for National Statistics (ONS) show a drop in the region. Credit: Press Association Images

The latest unemployment figures 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 – that is a fall of 7,000.

The region's unemployment rate was 9.8 per cent and saw a drop of 5.2 per cent during the period.

But 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.

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