David Cameron has insisted Britain "can be a winner" in the global economy but acknowledged that there were still "enormous economic challenges" ahead.
He was speaking at Prime Minister's Questions as the latest unemployment figures show the number of work in the North East dropped by 11,000.
Labour leader Ed Miliband said: "There are too many people still looking for work and the number of people out of work for a long period, over a year, still remains stubbornly high."
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