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The Budget: a jobseeker's story

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:

Have you been in Jon's shoes? How did you cope? And what would you like to see in the Budget? Tell us your thoughts on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/itvtynetees

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Unemployment in North East down by 3,000

Unemployment in the North East fell by 3,000 in the three months to December.

The Office for National Statistics figures show 130,000 people were unemployed in the region between October and December.

The region's unemployment rate was 10% and it had a fall of 2.3% during that time. Unemployment nationally has continued to fall and a record number of women are in work. Employment now stands at more than 30 million, a rate of 72.1%, which is 0.6% higher than a year ago.

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Unemployment rate still highest in North East

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%
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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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