7.3% of people in the North East over the age of 16 are currently out of work.
The figures for the last quarter (Feb to Apr 2016) have been released showing the region still has the highest numbers of unemployed people in the country.
Nationally the average level of unemployment is 5%
The parents of a disabled 18 year old say they're disgusted after being sent a letter by the Job Centre saying their son may have to prove he's unable to work in order to receive benefits.
Despite only being able to communicate through blinking, Liam Barker, from Middlesbrough, was told he may have to attend a work capability assessment.