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Unemployment drops in the North East

Unemployment has dropped by 0.6% in the North East between September and November, The figure is now 87,000.

Unemployment has fallen Credit: PA

Nationally, unemployment in the UK has fallen by 52,000 to 1.6 million in November, according to official figures - the lowest number since 2006.

The UK now has one of the lowest jobless rates in Europe at 4.8%. However, the number of people in work also fell from 9,000 to 31.8 million.

Meanwhile, average earnings increased by 2.8% in the year to November, a 0.2% up on the previous month.

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