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The latest unemployment figures show a drop in the number of people out of work in the North East.
500 jobs could go under plans to close a customer services site in Stockton-on-Tees.
Nick Palmer, senior labour market statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said:
The latest unemployment rate is 7.2%, down 0.4 on the previous quarter.
This is a comparison between the July-September and October-December three-month periods.
It is higher than last month's published figure of 7.1% for September-November.
However, it is not directly comparable with the figure published this month, as the Labour Force Survey is not designed to measure monthly changes.
The main conclusion that should be drawn from these latest figures is that the rate at which unemployment has been falling is likely to have slowed down.
The Energy Minister has shown support after it was announced that jobs have been safeguarded in Hartlepool because of a major contract to extend the operation of seven UK nuclear power stations.
– Energy Minister Michael Fallon
"This shows that nuclear presents big opportunities for highly-skilled jobs, sustainable growth, and the lasting legacy of a UK supply chain. I want to make sure that the UK is at the forefront of this growing industry."
A major contract to continue work at seven UK nuclear power stations, including Hartlepool, has safeguarded 1,000 jobs.
Doosan Babcock's deal with EDF is expected to be worth £70 million.
– Cameron Gilmour, Doosan Babcock's nuclear service director
"Doosan Babcock has a long history of supporting EDF Energy in the UK nuclear sector and we are delighted to have been given this opportunity to further build our relationship.
"The LEA is the result of close collaboration and a great deal of planning from both our companies, and will give EDF Energy access to a range of specialist skills and technologies that will support its UK power generation strategy long into the future."
Jobs have been safeguarded in Hartlepool after a major contract to extend the operation of seven UK nuclear power stations has been awarded.
1,000 jobs are being safeguarded altogether.
Doosan Babcock's deal with EDF is expected to be worth £70million a year over several years.
David Cameron has insisted Britain "can be a winner" in the global economy but acknowledged that there were still "enormous economic challenges" ahead.
He was speaking at Prime Minister's Questions as the latest unemployment figures show the number of work in the North East dropped by 11,000.
Labour leader Ed Miliband said: "There are too many people still looking for work and the number of people out of work for a long period, over a year, still remains stubbornly high."
Ninety taxi drivers are losing their jobs because of a row over a phone number. Blue Line Taxis has closed its Newcastle office because it says the City Council won't allow it to use the same phone number as the one for other branches.
Blue Line says it will still operate in North Tyneside, but having different numbers is unworkable. The council says it hasn't directly put drivers out of work. Adding that drivers are self-employed so can work for any private hire company in the city.
Around 200 people have lost their jobs at a recruitment firm in Gateshead. Spectrum Social Network Ltd went into liquidation because of 'challenging trading conditions'.
The company, which traded as Spectrum Personnel, recruited and supplied temporary and contract workers, mainly to engineering and logistics businesses. It employed 30 employees and 170 contractors, out of its two offices in North Lanarkshire and Gateshead. All have been made redundant.
MPs and councillors say they want to talk to the Direct Line Group over plans to close one of its call centres. They say they would like to see a compromise made after the company announced that 530 jobs will go on Teesside.