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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

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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.

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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