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Hartlepool MP welcomes Cygnus jobs

Iain Wright MP welcomes jobs at Hartlepool shipyard Credit: Heerema Fabrication Group SE

Iain Wright, MP for Hartlepool said: “I welcome the extra 250 jobs that have beencreated here.

“We need to ensure that the skills, supply chainand industrial capability we have continue to make Britain a leading player inthe world for this type of engineering and manufacturing.”


250 jobs boost at Hartlepool shipyard

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright welcome new jobs on Teesside Credit: Heerema Fabrication Group SE

250 new jobs have been created by Heerema Fabrication Group at its yard near Hartlepool.

The news has been welcomed by Hartlepool MP and Shadow Minister for Industry Iain Wright.

The company is working on a contract for the Cygnus gas field development in the southern North Sea.

Cygnus represents an investment of £1.4billion by operator GDF SUEZ E&P UK and partners Centrica Energy and Bayerngas.

It is the largest southern gas basin discovery for 25 years and at peak will produce enough gas to meet the needs of 1.5million UK homes.

Unemployment in North East down by 3,000

Unemployment in the North East fell by 3,000 in the three months to December.

The Office for National Statistics figures show 130,000 people were unemployed in the region between October and December.

The region's unemployment rate was 10% and it had a fall of 2.3% during that time. Unemployment nationally has continued to fall and a record number of women are in work. Employment now stands at more than 30 million, a rate of 72.1%, which is 0.6% higher than a year ago.


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Unemployment rate still highest in North East

Regional unemployment fiugures between October and December were as follows:

  • North East: 130,000 (minus 3,000) 10%
  • North West: 277,000 (minus 6,000) 8.1%
  • Yorkshire/Humber: 240,000 (minus 8,000) 8.6%
  • East Midlands: 162,000 (minus 4,000) 6.9%
  • West Midlands: 226,000 (minus 31,000) 8.3%
  • East of England: 180,000 (minus 1,000) 5.7%
  • London: 351,000 (minus 25,000) 8.1%
  • South East: 233,000 (minus 37,000) 5.1%
  • South West: 177,000 (plus 3,000) 6.5%
  • Wales: 105,000 (minus 12,000) 7.1%
  • Scotland: 195,000 (minus 3,000) 7.1%
  • Northern Ireland: 64,000 (plus 1,000) 7.4%
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Unemployment falling 'at slower rate' says statistician

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.

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