Office for National Statistics

Latest employment statistics: Rise in North East benefit claimants

The latest jobless numbers are out this morning.

Figures suggest that the number of people in the UK, on company payrolls, fell by 730,000 between March and July.

It says the coronavirus pandemic was to blame in large part.

The number of people signing on and looking for work in the North East has also shown a sharp rise compared to a year ago, up 52,000 to 124,000 in July compared to the same period last year.

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Latest figures add three to Cumbrian virus death toll

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) report three more deaths from Covid-19, taking the overall todal to 534.

The totals are taken in the week ending 17 July, the sixth in a row the number has been in single figures and down from a peak of 81 back in April.

Table of deaths by district

The figures used by the ONS are taken from death certificates that mention Covid-19, in some cases alongside other causes, and are up to 17 July.