The latest unemployment figures suggest that with the number of unemployed in the North East falling to 125,000 during the last three months of 2012, 2000 more people are now employed in jobs.
However, the region still has the highest figure of unemployment in the country, and this is a concern that Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, continues to recognise.
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Lewis Rider, who turns 23 on September 7th, purchased the scratchcard this week whilst buying a tin of food for his dog, Marley.
The newborn baby boy, who was treated by hospital staff, was found by a dog who started barking to alert his owners.
48-year-old Antony Robinson's partner suffered several fractures and lacerations to her face during the attack.