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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.


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.

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