UNEMPLOYMENT in the North East fell by 3,000 during a three month period, latest figures have revealed.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a total of 133,000 people were unemployed in the region between August and October.
The region’s unemployment rate was 10.1 per cent and saw a fall of 2.2 per cent during the period.
On Wearside, the number of those collecting Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA) fell by 721 from 8,970 to 8,249 during the same period.
In County Durham, it dropped from 14,150 to 12, 520, a fall of 1,650.
The figures show across the North East, 14,800 people left JSA and two thirds of those expected to go into work and private sector employment is up by 40,000 since 2010, but is down 6,000 in the last year.
From June 2011 to June 2013, 9,760 people moved from long term unemployment into lasting work while on the Government’s Work programme.
The department has championed the creation of 12 new jobs at The Gates in Durham through the launch of former catalogue goods shop CEX and the Biz-R cafe, the sister business of the venue in High Street West, Sunderland.
The Government was given a pre-Christmas boost on the jobs front when national unemployment fell by almost 100,000 and the number of people in work topped 30 million for the first time on record.
Employment Minister Esther McVey said:“It is really encouraging news that the number of people in jobs has increased by a quarter of a million in the last three months, bringing the total number of people in work to a record-breaking 30 million.
“Together with a big fall in unemployment, this shows that the Government’s long-term economic plan to get people off benefits and into work is proving successful.
“It’s also thanks to British businesses up and down the country who are feeling increasingly confident about taking on workers. This is a great sign that the economy is growing.”