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North East unemployment falls by 11,000

Unemployment has fallen by 11,000 in the North East Credit: PA

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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Employment rises nationally - but not in the North East

Nationally, employment rose by a record 345,000 in the three months to April. But that does not reflect the North East's situation. Unemployment rose in the region.

Government reaction:

"Britain is bouncing back."

– Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander

"As we build a stronger economy, businesses up and down the country are feeling increasingly confident."

– Employment minister Esther McVey

North East unemployment up by 6,000

Unemployment in the North East has increased by 6,000 in the quarter to April. According to the Office for National Statistics, 131,000 people were unemployed in the region between February and April. The unemployment rate was 9.8% and saw a rise of 4.8% during the period.

Nationally, employment rose by a record 345,000 in the three months to April.

The number of people in work stood at 30.54 million, after a rise which was the highest since records began in 1971.

PM welcomes national unemployment drop - not the case for NE jobseekers

Nationally unemployment has dropped. The North East is the only region to see a rise.

North East only region with rising unemployment

Unemployment in the North East has increased by 5,000 in the quarter to March, official figures have shown.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 135,000 people were unemployed in the region between January and March.

The region's unemployment rate was 10.1% and saw a rise of 3.8% during the period.

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