The number of people looking for work in South Tyneside jumped last month.
The number claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance – paid only to those classed as officially looking for work – rose from 3,854 in November to 3,938 last month.
The North East has seen the largest rise in employment in the country, reporting 1.7% over the last three months.Paul Carbert
Over the course of the year, however, the claimant count dropped by more than 200, from 4,142 in December 2014.
Across the region, the claimant count stood at 47,700, or 3.9%, compared to a national rate of 2.3%.
Paul Carbert, policy advisor at the North East Chamber of Commerce, said: “After the particularly worrying labour statistics released towards the end of last year, it certainly looks as though our region is starting to turn a corner.
“The North East has seen the largest rise in employment in the country, reporting 1.7% over the last three months.
North East LEP economist Fiona Thom said: “It is important to be cautious when interpreting short- term fluctuations in labour market data.
“Economic inactivity has also fallen in the last three months as more people move into employment, which is good news as this is a key focus of the strategic economic plan, through supporting people back into economic activity.
“Over the longer term, economic inactivity remains fairly constant but the reasons for the inactivity are changing, with an increasing proportion of people looking after family and or home and the proportion of those with ill health, which is a key challenge in the North East, slowly falling.
“This is good news, with more people in work.”