Unemployment figures in the region are on the up


New figures have revealed unemployment in the North East has risen by 13,000 in the three months to July.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that a total of 108,000 people were unemployed in the region between May and July.

The region’s unemployment rate was 8.5% and saw a rise of 13.7% during the period.

The worst area in the UK for the increase in numbers unemployed was the South East which recorded an 18,000 increase in the number of people without a job.

However, while workers around the UK are enjoying the strongest rise in real terms regular pay for more than decade, the number of those without work is rising.

Total pay rose 2.9% year-on-year in the three months to July, according to the ONS.

Regular pay, excluding bonuses, was also up 2.9%. This was the strongest since February 2009.

Real terms regular pay was also up by 2.9%, the strongest rate since the three months to August 2002, when it climbed by 3%.

But the figures also showed joblessness grew by 10,000 between May and July, to 1.82 million. The unemployment rate was 5.5%.

However the number of people in work also rose, from 42,000, to 31.09 million, in the period. The employment rate - or proportion of people aged 16 to 64 in work - was 73.5%.

The number of people claiming unemployment-related benefit rose by 1,200 to 791,700 last month, though a fall in the claimant count last year was revised to show it was bigger than first thought.

Employment Minister Priti Patel said: “As part of our one nation government, we want everyone to succeed and achieve their full potential, and through our reforms we are doing just that.

“With a record number of people working in the private sector and wages rising, it is clear that the remarkable jobs success that we have seen under this government is continuing.”