Paul Carbert, policy adviser, North East England Chamber of Commerce said: “These figures give us positive news on the labour market in the North East.  They show that participation in the labour market and the number of people in employment has increased in the past year, and unemployment has fallen by 30,000. Although we still have the highest unemployment rate in the country, the gap between the North East unemployment rate and the national average is at its lowest since 2010.”

Statistics Overview

  • Employment in the North East stands at 1,215,000 or 71.1% – an increase of 3,000 over the quarter and 51,000 over the year. This compares to a rate of 74.5% nationally.
  • North East unemployment stands at 79,000 or 6.1% – a fall of 20,000 over the quarter, and 30,000 over the year. This compares to a rate of 4.8% nationally.
  • The claimant count stands at 51,900 or 4.1% in the North East. The national claimant count rate is 2.3%.

This data covers the period July to September 2016. The next release is on 14 December 2016.