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.
In tonight's Around The House, Gerry Foley discusses unemployment in the North East, ahead of the new figures next week.
Unemployed young people on Teesside have been working with Territorial Army engineers to learn how to design and build buggies.
The nine week course in Middlesbrough is the first of its kind in the region and aims to boost skills.
The programme also includes visits to local engineering firms and tuition from an education instructor. Students who complete the course receive a Certificate of Achievement.
Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responds to today’s Labour Market Statistics. He says: “Budget day begins with a clear sign that George Osborne has failed."
Jobseekers risk losing their benefits if they refuse to look for work using a new government website, it was announced today.
Until now it has been voluntary to seek work via Universal Jobmatch, an automated system for matching jobs to skills and training.
But the Department for Work and Pensions said Jobseeker's Allowance claimants with internet access would now be required to use the service.
"In return for receiving Jobseeker's Allowance, (jobseekers) must prove they are doing everything they can to find a job," said Employment Minister Mark Hoban.
"If someone refuses to use a service that already has 460,000 employers posting jobs, you have to ask why - which is why we are now saying claimants must use it."
Young people in the North East are to benefit from funding aimed at tackling unemployment.
The money has come from Talent Match, a 100 million pound initiative from the Big Lottery Fund.
Cash has been awarded to two partnerships between charities, councils, employers and colleges in the region.
The North East partnership, led by the Wise Group, and the Tees Valley partnership, led by The Prince's Trust, have each received £50,000.
The partnerships presented their initial plans to the Big judging committee, led by personal films from local, unemployed young people.
They have now received development funding to draw up detailed plans for assessment later in the year.
Talent Match initiative puts charities at the heart of the partnerships, which will use lottery funding to help give those aged 18 to 24 and furthest from the jobs market, skills and opportunities.
– James Turner, Big Lottery Fund head of the North East region
"The key to Talent Match is making sure young people have a meaningful influence on how the programme helps them. The film clips young people produced were a great example of the skills and passion just waiting to be harnessed.
"With today's announcement we are clearing one of the final hurdles in the race to get desperately needed help to a generation of young people struggling to find employment and a fulfilling career."
The latest unemployment figures suggest that with the number of unemployed in the North East falling to 125,000 during the last three months of 2012, 2000 more people are now employed in jobs.
However, the region still has the highest figure of unemployment in the country, and this is a concern that Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, continues to recognise.
It has been revealed that the number of people unemployed in the North East fell in the final three months of 2012.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), some 2,000 fewer people were unemployed in the final quarter (October-December) of 2012, than in the third quarter (July-September) of last year.
A total of 125,000 people were unemployed in the North East between October and December of last year, meaning the region had an unemployment rate of 9.7%.
The unemployment rate in the North East is still the highest in the country.
The Employment Minister Mark Hoban has welcomed the latest fall in joblessness across the region. In the 3 months to October, 11,000 fewer people were out of work binging the unemployment rate down to 9.5%.
While that figure is still the highest in the UK and well above the national average of 7.8%, Mr Hoban said the past 12 months had seen a total drop of 27,000 in the North East who were unemployed.
Unemployment, in the region, is down according to figures released this morning. Figures show 9.5% of people, between August and October, were unemployed. There are currently 123,000 people out of work in our region.
David Cameron has insisted Britain "can be a winner" in the global economy but acknowledged that there were still "enormous economic challenges" ahead.
He was speaking at Prime Minister's Questions as the latest unemployment figures show the number of work in the North East dropped by 11,000.
Labour leader Ed Miliband said: "There are too many people still looking for work and the number of people out of work for a long period, over a year, still remains stubbornly high."