The Employment Minister Mark Hoban has welcomed the latest fall in joblessness across the region. In the 3 months to October, 11,000 fewer people were out of work binging the unemployment rate down to 9.5%.
While that figure is still the highest in the UK and well above the national average of 7.8%, Mr Hoban said the past 12 months had seen a total drop of 27,000 in the North East who were unemployed.
More top news
Northumberland has won Silver in the Best UK Holiday Destination/County in the prestigious 2015 British Travel awards last night.
Police from five forces have carried out raids today aimed at stopping an escalating feud in the travelling community.
Newcastle United supporters have the highest number of active banning orders in the Premier League.