SHOP chain Poundworld is serving up news jobs in Seaham.
The firm is opening its first branch in the Byron Place centre on Thursday, November 28, creating about 30 jobs.
Trading director Chris Edwards Junior said: “We’re thrilled to be opening the first pound store in Seaham.
“We hope customers will take advantage of the great deals we have on a vast range including branded and value products, from groceries to cleaning products and pet care.”
The news comes as rival Poundstretcher opens on Sunderland’s Hylton Riverside, creating 21 jobs, and new figures show the number of people in work in the region rose sharply over the last three months but is down on a year ago.
Employment in the region stood at 1,168,000 or 67.3 per cent last month – a rise of 7,000 over the quarter but 8,000 down on the figure 12 months ago.
The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance across Sunderland was 8,249 in October – a drop of 248 month on month and down 2,386 since the beginning of the year.
Northern TUC regional secretary Beth Farhat said: “While today’s figures show a rise in regional employment for the last three months, it is a bitter pill to swallow when closer inspection reveals a rise in unemployment six times greater over the year.”
North East Chamber of Commerce policy team leader Mark Stephenson said: “The divergence between the annual and quarterly labour market estimates does not tally with the increasingly positive nature of the region’s most extensive business survey.
“One positive trend has been the falling claimant count.”