The number of people looking for work on South Tyneside rose slightly on last month.
There were 4,303 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance – paid to those classed as actively seeking a job – in January 2015, compared to 4,142 in December last year.
However, this figure does not include the seasonal adjustment for those doing Christmas jobs.
And, the latest figures show that year on year there has been a drop in the number of people claiming the benefit with 5,826 in January 2014.
In the North East the figures show the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance went up from 50,805 in December 2014 to 52,494 in January this year, however, the seasonally adjusted figures put the number down to 49,200.
This is a big drop compared to January 2014 when the figure was 71,700.
Cath Robson, a regional senior employment and partnership officer with the Department for Work and Pensions, said: “South Tyneside is following the regional trend. Things are getting better.”
North East Chamber of Commerce policy and research manager, Mark Stephenson, said: “The figures continue the great start to 2015 we saw established in January. Every indicator is heading in the right direction and over 43,000 more people are in work than this time last year.
“Employment is at a record high for the third successive month thanks mostly to businesses, while unemployment is at its lowest in over five years – down 23,000 on a year ago.
“The claimant count continues its long term decrease.”