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Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responds to today’s Labour Market Statistics. He says: “Budget day begins with a clear sign that George Osborne has failed."
Employment Minister Mark Hoban has reacted to the latest unemployment figures.
He says despite a 2.4% increase in the number of people out of work in the North East, there are positive signs.
He cited jobs recently created by a new Sainsburys store in Sedgefield, County Durham and at the Barbour factory in South Shields as examples of an improving picture.
Unemployment in the North East increased by 3,000 in the three months to January.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that a total of 127,000 people were unemployed in the region between November and January.
The region's unemployment rate was 9.8% - the highest in the UK - and saw a rise of 2.4% during the period.
Unemployment nationwide has increased for the first time in a year, delivering a pre-Budget blow to the Government.