Jobless figures rise again on Wearside

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THE number of people looking for work on Wearside is on the rise again.

Last month’s figures saw the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Sunderland fall – but the latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows the number of claimants increased between October and November.

There were 10,150 people claiming the benefit in November, which was up from 10,138 the previous month.

The latest figures come as a report by the North East Chamber of Commerce reveals firms in the region want to grow, but are held back by a lack of skilled workers and burdensome red tape.

The latest Workforce Survey of firms with more than 50 employees shows that 52 per cent in the North East want to take on more employees before 2015, with only eight per cent looking to reduce staff numbers.

The chamber’s chief executive James Ramsbotham, said: “It is precisely these larger companies that must be supported to ensure they grow into the multinationals of the future.

“If the private sector is to continue to drive the regional economy and pick up the slack from the cuts to the public sector then the Government must give larger companies the confidence to create jobs.”

Nationally, the figures showed that unemployment reached a 17-year high in November, after another 128,000 joined the jobless ranks.