Some more good news on jobs this week.
The employment rate increased to 71.5%. There were 29.73 million people in employment, up 154,000.
The unemployment rate was down to 7.8%. There were 2.50 million unemployed people, down 14,000.
Most importantly here in the North East: Employment is up by 9,000 and unemployment is down 4,000.
Overall employment is up by an impressive 888,000 since the General Election.