NE unemployment increases by 6,000

Unemployment in the North East has increased by 6,000 in the quarter to April. According to the Office for National Statistics, 131,000 people were unemployed in the region between February and April. The region's unemployment rate saw a rise of 4.8%

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Employment rises nationally - but not in the North East

Nationally, employment rose by a record 345,000 in the three months to April. But that does not reflect the North East's situation. Unemployment rose in the region.

Government reaction:

"Britain is bouncing back."

– Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander

"As we build a stronger economy, businesses up and down the country are feeling increasingly confident."

– Employment minister Esther McVey

North East unemployment up by 6,000

Unemployment in the North East has increased by 6,000 in the quarter to April. According to the Office for National Statistics, 131,000 people were unemployed in the region between February and April. The unemployment rate was 9.8% and saw a rise of 4.8% during the period.

Nationally, employment rose by a record 345,000 in the three months to April.

The number of people in work stood at 30.54 million, after a rise which was the highest since records began in 1971.

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