News: North East Economy
Employment at record high but NE unemployment is still highest
North East Economy
The North East still has the highest rate of unemployment in the country, according to figures released today.
The latest Labour Market Statistics, released by the Office of National Statistics, reveal that employment in the region is up by 20,000 from last year, with 70.4% of 16-64 year-olds in work - a total of 1,196,000 workers.
However, 7.9% of over-16s in the region are unemployed, the highest rate in the UK, compared to a national average of 5.1% unemployment.
23 May 2016