The latest unemployment figures show a drop in the number of people out of work in the North East.
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In tonight's Around The House, Gerry Foley discusses unemployment in the North East, ahead of the new figures next week.
New figures from the Office of National Statistics show that 134,000 people are unemployed in the North East.
That means just over one in 10 people are out of work. It is 7,000 more people than the last set of figures.
Unemployment in the North East has risen by 4,000.
The latest figures show that 134,000 were looking for work between March and May.
At 10.4% this region continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the country.
Unemployment in the North East increased by 4,000 in the three months to April, latest figures show.
The Office for National Statistics showed that a total of 131,000 people were unemployed in the region between February and April.
The region's unemployment rate was 10.1% and saw a rise of 3.2% during the period.
Unemployment has risen again in the North East and the latest figures show joblessness is also still worse in this region than any other part of the country.
16 to 24 year olds are known to be the hardest hit - with one in four understood to be looking for work.
Concerns are also mounting about the numbers of young people on so-called zero hours contracts with no guarantees of regular hours or regular pay.
You can watch the full report from our correspondent Gregg Easteal below.
Official figures have revealed that unemployment in the North East increased by 1,000 in the three months to March.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that a total of 127,000 people were unemployed in the region between January and March.
The region's unemployment rate was 9.8% and saw a rise of 0.8% during the period.
Unemployment nationally has increased by 15,000 to 2.52 million, while total pay growth has fallen to its lowest level in four years.
It is the third quarterly increase in a row in the jobless total.
The number of people in work fell by 43,000 in the latest quarter to March, to 29.7 million, the biggest fall since autumn 2011.
The figures also revealed that 902,000 people had been out of work for more than a year, a 23,000 increase on the three months to December.
The North East has the highest rate of unemployment in the country, according to figures released this morning.
Around 127,000 people are out of work, up 1,000 on the last quarter.
The unemployment rate now stands at 9.8%.
Official figures have revealed that unemployment in the North East increased by 12,000 in the three months to February.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that a total of 131,000 people were unemployed in the region between December and February.
The region's unemployment rate was 10.1% and saw a rise of 10% during the period.
Nationwide, unemployment has increased by 70,000 to 2.56 million, with rises among young people and those out of work for more than a year.
The total is the worst since last summer, giving the UK a jobless rate of 7.9%.
The number of people in work fell by 2,000 in the latest quarter to February, to just under 30 million.
900,000 people have been out of work for more than a year - an 8,000 increase on the three months to November - while the number of unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds rose by 20,000 to 979,000.
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The nine week course in Middlesbrough is the first of its kind in the region and aims to boost skills.
The programme also includes visits to local engineering firms and tuition from an education instructor. Students who complete the course receive a Certificate of Achievement.
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Jobseekers risk losing their benefits if they refuse to look for work using a new government website, it was announced today.
Until now it has been voluntary to seek work via Universal Jobmatch, an automated system for matching jobs to skills and training.
But the Department for Work and Pensions said Jobseeker's Allowance claimants with internet access would now be required to use the service.
"In return for receiving Jobseeker's Allowance, (jobseekers) must prove they are doing everything they can to find a job," said Employment Minister Mark Hoban.
"If someone refuses to use a service that already has 460,000 employers posting jobs, you have to ask why - which is why we are now saying claimants must use it."