Unemployment in the North East has fallen by 11,000, official figures have revealed.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 100,000 people were unemployed in the region between December and February.
The unemployment rate for the North East remains the highest in the UK, at 7.7%
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Our political correspondent Paul Brand is joined by four new election candidates for a lively debate on immigration and the economy.
Around The House is on ITV tonight (Thursday 5 March) at 10.40pm.
It's emerged a Darlington doctor drove a patient with a heart condition to hospital himself after being told there'd be a two hour wait for an ambulance car. The GP says he's seriously concerned about the mounting pressures on paramedics. The North East Ambulance Service says it's investigating.
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The Government has announced that 16 North East schools will benefit from a £140 million grant under the Flagship Priority School Building Programme.
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg said:
?It is crucial that we invest properly in education, so that every child has a fair start in life.
Thousands of pupils will benefit from better, brighter, warmer classrooms thanks to this ?funding.
Children can't learn and teachers can't teach in schools that are cold and have leaking roofs.
To create a stronger economy we have to invest in a fairer society so that our young people can be successful in the future.
Sixteen schools across the North East will see their buildings either rebuilt or refurbished under a new government scheme.
The schools, which include Vane Road Primary School in Durham and Dinnington First School in Newcastle, will benefit from a £140 million grant as part of the Flagship Priority School Building Programme.
Paul Brand presents this month's political programme from Westminster.
North East MPs Bridget Phillipson and Ian Swales are among the guests to discuss the ups and downs of the election campaign so far.
Also in the programme; how much do we need to earn, to be able to have a decent life?
Join Paul Brand for Around The House, tonight (Thurs 22 January) at the new earlier time of 10.40pm.
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