Fears for jobless in region

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THE North East faces a “long and difficult” road back to full employment, according to a new report.

The Institute for Public Police Research (IPPR) said jobless figures rose by 10 per cent in the region between 1993 and 2008.

Up to two million jobs need to be created across the UK to return to pre-recession levels, according to the think tank.

Its report warned that the public sector had been filling in for insufficient private sector job creation over the past 20 years, a trend which will have to be reversed because of the Government’s spending cuts.

It also says that forecasts of 1.5million jobs being created over the next five years would not be enough to replace those lost in the public sector and bring down unemployment.

The IPPR raised fears that slow recovery in the labour market would increase the risk that people would become discouraged from work.