Warning after rise in joblessness

Jonathan Walker, North East Chamber of Commerce Head of Policy & Campaigns
Jonathan Walker, North East Chamber of Commerce Head of Policy & Campaigns
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Union and business leaders have urged the Government not to be complacent about the North East after unemployment in the region jumped by 13,000 in the three months to July.

A total of 108,000 people were unemployed in the region between May and July.

In Sunderland, the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance – paid to those classed as actively looking for work – increased by 15 last month, to 5,296.

North East Chamber of Commerce head of policy and campaigns, Jonathan Walker, said: “Today’s numbers should serve as a reminder not to be complacent about the recent progress made in tackling unemployment in the region.

“The gap between our rates and the national averages is still far too large.”

Northern TUC policy and campaigns officer Neil Foster added: “Government ministers would have you believe we are all enjoying an economic recovery and the economy is successfully rebalancing towards the north, but today’s jobs figures tell a different story. Alarm bells should be ringing.”