North East Connected

Region’s Youth Unemployment Rate Falls

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 15.13.05A summary of this morning’s latest employment numbers below, covering the period 1 July – 30 September 2015:

NECC Director of Policy, Ross Smith commented:

“There has been no significant movement this quarter and although there has been a slight increase in employment, the North East has not yet started to close the gap with the rest of the country.

“With the ongoing impact of the SSI closure in Teesside it is likely this may take time. There are packages of help and support available to companies in the supply chain and grants available to employers who employ former SSI workers and we hope these can be accessed by as many of those affected as possible.

“A very positive sign is the decrease in youth unemployment. The North East has shown positive measures in improving the work-readiness of young people and we continue to urge business and education leaders to work together in order to reduce a potential skills gap.”

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