Unemployment rises above 10%

North East unemployment has risen above 10%, with 12,000 more people becoming unemployed in the three months to February.

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Business leaders react to rise unemployment

The North East Chamber of Commerce said it was "surprising and worrying" that the unemployment rate has risen above 10% again in the North East, after a growth in employment throughout 2012.

The organisation, which represents local businesses, said in a statement that employment and unemployment statistics were "heading in the wrong direction" and called for efforts to "ensure that skills levels are improved to help people back into work."

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