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North East unemployment figures fall by 8,000

Unemployment in the North East fell by 8,000 in the three months to January, official figures have revealed. Despite the fall, the region still has the highest unemployment rate.

The Office for National Statistics showed 125,000 people were unemployed in the region between November and January. The region's unemployment rate was 9.5% and saw a fall of 6% during the period.

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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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