North East unemployment rate rises

Credit: PA

Unemployment in the region is up by 3,000 to 98,000 between May and July.

7.5% of people in the North East over the age of 16 are currently out of work.

The North East still has the highest number of unemployed people in the country.

North East unemployment rate.
National unemployment rate.


  • Unemployment has fallen by 39,000 to 1.63 million between May and July, official figures showed.
  • The number of people on the claimant count in August increased by 2,400 to 771,000, the Office for National Statistics said.
  • Average earnings increased by 2.3% in the year to July, 0.2% down on the previous month.