Victoria Sutherland, North East Local Enterprise Partnership Senior Economist, said: “Today’s (17 May) labour market statistics for the North East are positive, showing that employment in the North East has grown over both the quarter and the year.
“An additional 27,000 people are in work compared to a year ago. This change has been driven by a growth in full-time work, with a fall in part-time work and self employment.
“In addition to this welcome news regarding employment, we have seen a decline in unemployment and the unemployment rate.
“The 14,000 fall in unemployment in the North East over the three months up until March accounts for just over a quarter of the overall national decline in unemployment.”