Paul Carbert, North East England Chamber of Commerce policy adviser said: “There is some really good news for the region in these latest employment figures, with the number of people in employment at another record high, continuing recent trends.  Our employment rate in the North East has increased by more over the past year than any other region.

“With the A level results tomorrow putting the focus on young people’s futures in the region,  it is also positive that youth unemployment (16-24 year olds) has fallen by 4,000 (10.8%) over the previous year. We will continue to help develop closer links between the business and education sectors to ensure that young people are informed about all of their options, whether that is studying further at university or college, or starting an apprenticeship.”