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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.
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