The North East Chamber of Commerce said it was "surprising and worrying" that the unemployment rate has risen above 10% again in the North East, after a growth in employment throughout 2012.
The organisation, which represents local businesses, said in a statement that employment and unemployment statistics were "heading in the wrong direction" and called for efforts to "ensure that skills levels are improved to help people back into work."
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Veterans, cadets, dignitaries and serving Northumberland Fusiliers have paid tribute to those killed at the Battle of the Somme
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Two men whose grandfathers fought in the Tyneside Irish battalion and died together on the Somme have returned to visit their graves.