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23 January 2013, 11:08
Unemployment in the North East's fallen by 10,000 in the three months between September and November.
Nationally, unemployment fell by 37,000 in the three months to November.
It now stands at just under 2.5 million - but there are a record number of adults in work.
It comes as fast food chain McDonald's say they're creating 2,500 jobs across the country in the next year - with 100 of those here in the North East.
Employment minister Mark Hoban welcomed the unemployment figures, saying employment had increased for 15 months.
The UK employment rate is growing at almost double the rate of the US, and faster than any other G7 country
"These are very positive figures showing employment rising for 15 months and despite difficult economic circumstances, unemployment is lower than when this Government took office."
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said:
"Any fall must be welcome but progress is still painfully slow for the 2.49 million people still desperately looking for a job.
The number of high street names going into liquidation shows there is no room for complacency. And only yesterday the Government announced more than 5,000 cuts to Army personnel.
We know that many thousands of public sector workers' jobs are under threat as council budget cuts mean that elderly care centres, nurseries, swimming pools and other valued services face the axe.''