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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.
More people are claiming benefits in the North East than anywhere else. 5.8% of people are claiming.
The employment rate in the North East is lower than anywhere else in Great Britain. It stands at 67.4%
10% of people in the North East are unemployed. This is the highest rate of unemployment in the UK.
Regional unemployment fiugures between October and December were as follows:
- North East: 130,000 (minus 3,000) 10%
- North West: 277,000 (minus 6,000) 8.1%
- Yorkshire/Humber: 240,000 (minus 8,000) 8.6%
- East Midlands: 162,000 (minus 4,000) 6.9%
- West Midlands: 226,000 (minus 31,000) 8.3%
- East of England: 180,000 (minus 1,000) 5.7%
- London: 351,000 (minus 25,000) 8.1%
- South East: 233,000 (minus 37,000) 5.1%
- South West: 177,000 (plus 3,000) 6.5%
- Wales: 105,000 (minus 12,000) 7.1%
- Scotland: 195,000 (minus 3,000) 7.1%
- Northern Ireland: 64,000 (plus 1,000) 7.4%
Nick Palmer, senior labour market statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said:
The latest unemployment rate is 7.2%, down 0.4 on the previous quarter.
This is a comparison between the July-September and October-December three-month periods.
It is higher than last month's published figure of 7.1% for September-November.
However, it is not directly comparable with the figure published this month, as the Labour Force Survey is not designed to measure monthly changes.
The main conclusion that should be drawn from these latest figures is that the rate at which unemployment has been falling is likely to have slowed down.
Kenny Toal takes a look at what the latest unemployments figures mean for the North East.
Despite unemployment decreasing nationally, latest figures show there has been another rise in the North East.
More than one in 10 are now out of work. That's the highest rate in the country.
Kenny Toal has been looking behind our jobs figures to find out what they really mean.
Durham has been discussing how to cut a further £100 million from its budget.
And as well as future services being reduced, more job losses are expected.
With one in ten people in the North East are out of work, Briohny Williams talks to a man who is still determined get into work despite constant rejections since November.
John Lomas says he is applying for 20 to 30 jobs a day but is still struggling to get a job.
One in ten people in the North East are out of work. Unemployment figures show the region's figures are rising where other areas are seeing a reduction. 10.3% of people are currently unemployed.