More people out of work in region

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UNEMPLOYMENT in the region has increased by 7,000 during the last three months.

The number of people out of work in the North East from April to June stood at 134,000, revealing a 10.3 per cent unemployment rate.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) research also shows that nationally, the number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance fell to its lowest level for more than four years, and employment reached a record high.

However, long-term and youth unemployment increased.

The so-called claimant count fell by 29,200 in July – the ninth consecutive monthly drop – to 1.4million, the lowest since February 2009.

Total unemployment, including those not eligible for benefit, fell by 4,000 in June to 2.5million.

Other figures showed average weekly earnings, including bonuses, increased by 2.1 per cent in the year to June, up by 0.3 per cent on the previous month.

It is the first time the rate has gone over two per cent since 2011, but ONS said it reflected unusually high bonus payments in April.

Self-employment has jumped by 6,000 to 4.1million, and unpaid family workers have risen by 6,000 to 111,000.