Hundreds of jobs with some of the region's biggest employers will be on offer today, October 16, at the SHINE recruitment event at St James' Park.
Jobseekers can attend workshops and find out about some of the 1,000 vacancies available from employers, who include Tesco Bank, More Than and BT/Manpower, between 10am-4pm.
More than 400 people have signed up to take part in a 'talent showcase' where there is a chance to walk away with a job offer at the fair itself.
Final plans are being submitted to create Europe's largest potash mine. York Potash hope to build the £2bn mine on the North York Moors National Park. Campaigners argue it could ruin the environment but supporters say it would bring jobs.
Last year, the controversial plans were deferred till now. York Potash asked for more time to submit further details on the application - deferring the decision for a third time.
The number of people unemployed in the North East has risen by 1,000 to 132,000 in the period between May and July.
The region remains top of the unemployment league with almost one in 10 out of work.
Nationally, unemployment fell by 146,000 to 2.2million.
400 new jobs are coming to Teesside with the expansion of a vegetarian food factory.
Quorn Foods Limited says 100 people will be employed during the construction phase at its site in Billingham and a further 300 will be taken on once the expansion is complete.
The £30 million investment comes after a rise in demand for the meat substitute.
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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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Earlier this year the National Audit Office found a significant amount of the Government's Regional Growth Fund was still to be allocated.
Today, the Minister Simon Hughes said there is no longer any delay in distributing the money, which is designed to boost jobs and growth in areas reliant on the public sector.
Mr Hughes was speaking as he announced eleven winning North East projects, which will receive support from the fifth round of the RGF: