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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

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There's more to do, but it's welcome unemployment is down again. More jobs means more financial security for people #LongTermEconomicPlan.

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

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@itvtynetees I've being unemployed for 1 Year and I also apply for about 10 jobs a week and still no luck, but I will not give up.

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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.

The Budget: a jobseeker's story

Ahead of the Chancellor's Budget, people from all over the North East have been telling ITV News Tyne Tees how the government could help.

Jon Connolly from Sunderland wants to see more help for jobseekers. He worked as a site manager but was made redundant in January.

Here he is in his own words telling us what life is like for him now:

Have you been in Jon's shoes? How did you cope? And what would you like to see in the Budget? Tell us your thoughts on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/itvtynetees

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