The latest unemployment figures show a further drop in the North East.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said 127,000 people were out of work in the region between July and September – that is a fall of 7,000.
The region's unemployment rate was 9.8 per cent and saw a drop of 5.2 per cent during the period.
But the figures show the rate is down so far this year by almost two per cent compared with a fall nationally of half a per cent.
More top news
Newcastle United winger Rolando Aarons and his mother have been spared jail after admitting affray over a brawl in a Newcastle bar
The 20 year old was described as a promising young footballer. He died on Sunday morning during a holiday with his friends in the city.
M&S has today announced that stores in Darlington and Stockton could be at risk of closing, in a bid to reshape its UK store estate.