Another fall in Wearsiders seeking work

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THE number of people looking for work on Wearside has fallen again.

 There were 10,493 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Sunderland last month, down from 10,668 in April.

 The drop is the third consecutive fall since 2012s high of 10,969 in February, but there are still more people classed as actively looking for work in the city than at any time last year.

 Across the region, figures for the first quarter of the year show the number of people in work was 1,143,000 in the first quarter of the year, a rise of 3,000 – but the number of people classed as actually unemployed, rather than economically inactive – such as students, carers, and the retired - rose by 8,000 over the first quarter of 2012 to 145,000.

 North East Chamber of Commerce director of policy Ross Smith said: “Employment in the North East continues to grow, which is a good indicator of economic health. However, unemployment has also risen in the region while it has gone into reverse elsewhere.”