Official figures have revealed that unemployment in the North East increased by 12,000 in the three months to February.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that a total of 131,000 people were unemployed in the region between December and February.
The region's unemployment rate was 10.1% and saw a rise of 10% during the period.
Nationwide, unemployment has increased by 70,000 to 2.56 million, with rises among young people and those out of work for more than a year.
The total is the worst since last summer, giving the UK a jobless rate of 7.9%.
The number of people in work fell by 2,000 in the latest quarter to February, to just under 30 million.
900,000 people have been out of work for more than a year - an 8,000 increase on the three months to November - while the number of unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds rose by 20,000 to 979,000.