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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.

7.5%
North East unemployment rate.
4.9%
National unemployment rate.

Nationally:

  • 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.