Employment figures

Employment in the North East stands at 1.168million or 67.3 per cent – a rise of 7,000 over the quarter and a fall of 8,000 over the year.

This compares to a national rate of 71.8 per cent.

Unemployment stands at 133,000, a fall of 1,000 over the quarter, but a rise of 6,000 over the year.