Latest job stats make for positive reading

Unemployment levels in the North East continue to fall, latest job statistics reveal.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 13 September, 2018, 13:53
North East unemployment levels continue to fall.

The figures were published by the Office for National Statistics on Tuesday.

The unemployment rate has dropped by 0.1% on the quarter and 1.5% on the year (the highest fall in the country), and now stands at 4.4% (56,000).

The employment numbers remain high, although they have fallen compared to last quarter, along with every region in the country.

A spokesman for Jobcentre Plus said: “We continue to see full-time, part-time, temporary and permanent jobs coming through our job centres.

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“In Northumberland, we have a series of events running to support older jobseekers into work.

“Several Returneeship courses are being run across the county, building on a successful process started in the region and now being delivered across the country.

“In addition, a tie-up with the Tall Ships Project will see local claimants undertake an engineering-focussed sector-based work academy in Blyth.

“Recruitment continues for Country Style foods for more than 40 production staff and we are supporting a jobsfair in Bedlington on Tuesday.”