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Unemployment falling 'at slower rate' says statistician

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.

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Unemployment 'causes mental illness symptoms' in 21% of under 25s

Unemployed, uninspired and feeling hopeless - young people across the North East are suffering panic attacks, depression, self harming and even considering suicide as a direct result of unemployment.

A report by the Prince's Trust says the number of unemployed 16-25 year-olds claiming benefits in the North East has gone up almost 300% in the past five years.

It paints a bleak picture of how that has affected young people's mental health.

Charity: Youth unemployment causes mental health problems

A charity says young people's mental health is suffering as a direct result of unemployment.

A report by the Prince's Trust says one in five have had symptoms of mental illness, and one in four say they often feel down or depressed.

Nationally, 9% say they don't have anything to live for.

Katrina Daniel was unemployed for two years after leaving school. She told ITV News Tyne Tees about her experiences.

Young people have mental health problems because of unemployment, says charity

The mental health of young people in the North East is suffering as a direct result of unemployment, according to a charity.

The report by the Prince's Trust said one in five have experienced symptoms of mental illness, with young women twice as likely to be affected.

One in four 16-25 year-olds say they often feel down or depressed.

Nationally, 9% say they don't have anything to live for.

Katrina Daniel, 20, from Bishop Auckland, was unemployed for two years after leaving school:

You could put in a CV but at the end of the day, if there are 5,000 people applying for one position, who in their right mind is going to sit down and look at me.

"You start self-doubting, you don't really think that you're going to get anywhere, you just don't think anyone believes in you. so you stop believing in yourself."

– Katrina Daniel
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