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.
Remploy workers in the region are striking in protest over the closure of 27 factories including those in Ashington, Newcastle and Spennymoor.
The company provides work for people with disabilities.
A Remploy spokesman said they are concerned that industrial action could deter possible buyers and current contracts at other sites.
Unemployment in the North East has risen in the three months to April.
145,000 people were out of work in the region between February and April, up by 8,000. 11.3 per cent of the workforce are unemployed.
Nationally, the jobless total *dropped *by 51,000 to 2.61 million.
Unemployment in the North East has fallen by 11,000 in the three months to January 2012. The region is still the worst in the country for joblessness. The rate of unemployment is now 10.8%.
Unemployment figures are out this morning. The institute for Public Policy Research North says the gap between North and South East is the widest on record. They also say that the and the UK wont have a strong financial recovery unless there is more focus on Northern cities.
With double the national average for young people, who fall into the category of NEETS (not in education, employment or training ), the town’s Labour MP Alex Cunningham has called for extra measures to tackle the problem.
Mr Cunningham told ministers, at this afternoons social welfare question time in the Commons, that Stockton needed real resources. The Employment Minister Chris Grayling insisted that unemployment in the North East is a top priority for ministers.
He then listed a number of initiatives, from the Regional Growth Fund to Local Enterprise Zones which he claimed are targeted at the region.