Sunderland has been branded the worst place in the country to find a job, according to an eye-opening new report.
Jobs site Adzuna looked at the ratio of job-hunters to vacancies in 56 cities across the country.
It says a skills shortage is leading to an increasing number of firms leaving posts unfilled.
The number of vacancies has increased by almost a third in the past year to almost 1.2 million, said the report.
More people are finding part-time or temporary work, leading to fewer applicants than vacancies.
The best places to find jobs were said to be Cambridge, Guildford and Oxford, while the worst were Sunderland, Hull and Bradford.
Andrew Hunter of Adzuna said: “Job competition has fallen to its lowest level since the recession, which should spell good news for those searching for work.
“But despite the number of positions growing with a new vigour, the significant skills shortage within the labour force means vacancies are increasingly being left empty.
“Many cities don’t have enough home-grown talent to fill new positions, meaning companies are increasingly relying on workers from elsewhere in the UK as well as from overseas.”