The jobless rate for the North East has risen to 9.9% – despite a fall in the overall UK figure.
As the Government celebrates the national rate dropping from 6.4% to 6.2%, saying it is the lowest since the height of the economic crisis in 2008, the trend in this region is upwards.
The only other UK region to see an increase in its jobless total from May to July was the South West where it rose 0.1% to 5%.
The latest rise in the region, from 9.8% to 9.9%, is the third in the last three quarters.
However a spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions said the rate is down 0.5% drop on this time last year.
“We know the jobs are there,” he said.
Meanwhile the figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, revealed the full extent of the affect of Government policies on the Public Sector.
They showed that since the May 2009 election, won by the Tory Lib-Dem Coalition, the number of people working in this sector has plummeted 58,000 from 296,000 to 238,000.
The Northern Public Services Alliance which campaigns to defend public services is now calling for an urgent Public Services Summit on November 29, to deal with what it describes as the “devastating scale of attack on our region’s public services.”
Over the last quarter the employment rate has dropped 11,000 while economic inactivity is up 13,000.
Despite this the latest Claimant Count for August was 58,700, down 1,700 on the previous month and a 23,900 drop year-on-year.
Source – Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 17 Sept 2014