Unemployment Down By 2,000 In The North East

12 November 2014, 09:41 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

New figures show unemployment in the North East's fallen by 2,000 in the 3 months between July and September.

The Office For National Statistics have released the figures, which show there were 118,000 people without a job in the region.

That's down by 10,000 compared to this time last year.

The unemployment rate in the North East is still the highest in the country though - at 9.2%.

Slightly more women than men were out of work in the north East during these three months.

58,000 women were unemployed here compared to 60,000 men.

It's the second largest annual rise in the female employment rate of all UK regions.

The figures come as the Northern TUC have told us only one in every 40 jobs created since the recession has been for a full-time employee.

The union said the share of all full-time jobs had fallen from 64% in 2008 to 62%, equivalent to a shortfall of 669,000 full-time workers.

Despite the recent economic growth, the number of part-time workers who want full-time hours is double what it was before the recession, at 1.3 million..

General secretary Frances O'Grady said:
"While more people are in work, there are still far too few full-time employee jobs for everyone who wants one. It means many working families are on substantially lower incomes as they can only find reduced hours jobs or low-paid self-employment.

The Chancellor has said he wants full employment, but that should mean full-time jobs for everyone who wants them. At the moment the economy is still not creating enough full-time employee jobs to meet demand.''