Teenagers say false stereotyping is denting their self-esteem and their chances of getting a job
The latest unemployment figures show a drop in the number of people out of work in the North East.
Remploy workers have received thousands of messages of support from members of the public, in support of their 24 hour strike.
Steve McCall, from Job Centre Plus in Newcastle, says it works with employers and job-seekers to find employment for everyone who comes through the door. It comes on the day that North East unemployment figures have risen once more.
Penny Scott has been unemployed for nearly a year. Currently on a painting and decorating course to boost her experience, she says the job market in the North East is tough. We spoke to her on the day the unemployment figures showed an increase in the number of people out of work in our region:
Unemployment in the North East has increased by 5,000 in the quarter to May, official figures have revealed.
A total of 129,000 people were unemployed in the region between March and May, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The region's unemployment rate was 9.6% and saw a rise of 4.0% during the period.
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.
– Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander
"Britain is bouncing back."
– Employment minister Esther McVey
"As we build a stronger economy, businesses up and down the country are feeling increasingly confident."
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.
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.
@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.
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.
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.
Unemployment in the North East fell by 8,000 between November and January. The current unemployment rate is 9.5% - still the highest in the country.
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:
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