North East worst hit by fall in public sector employment

Official figures released today show that public sector employment has fallen in all regions of England and Wales since the start of the recession - and in particular across the North East.

The Office for National Statistics reported large falls in local government employment between March 2008 and last September, with the biggest being in the North East at 24 percent.

The reduction is likely to be due to cuts in local authority budgets, staff moving off the local authority payroll and schools in England becoming academies, said the ONS.

"The burden of public sector job cuts across England has so far generally fallen most heavily on those regions with greatest dependence on the public sector for employment, notably the North East, which has already seen its public sector workforce shrink by 10% since the pre-cuts peak."

– Dr John Philpott, director of the Jobs Economist