Ray of light as job seeker figures start falling

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THE number of people looking for work on Wearside fell by almost seven per cent in the last four months.

 The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show there were 10,221 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in June, down from February’s high of 10,969, the fourth consecutive monthly fall.

 Today’s job figures reveal a huge increase in the number of long-term unemployed workers across the North East over the last year, with the biggest jump among young people looking for work.  

 Across the region, the number of people in work rose by 3,000 over the quarter and 7,000 over the year.

 The number of people classed as unemployed but looking for work fell by 4,000 over the quarter but was still up by an 17,000 year-on-year.

 North East Chamber of Commerce director of policy Ross Smith said: “The drop in unemployment is very good news for the region but the longer-term growth in employment we saw in 2011 seems to have plateaued for the moment.

  “Our Quarterly Economic Survey shows our members are still creating jobs.”