Unemployment in the UK

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North East still has highest rate of unemployment

Unemployment across the country has fallen to its lowest level since 1974, but the North East continues to have the highest rate in the country.

Some 69,000 people are out of work in the region, which is a rate of 5.4%.

Across the country the rate is 3.8%, meaning 1.3 million people were unemployed in the three months to March.

North East unemployment rate

London jobless rate at 4.4%


Unemployment in London was 4.4% in the first three months of the year, figures from the Office for national Statistics has revealed.

The UK’s overall unemployment rate has fallen to 3.8%, its lowest since late 1974.

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BreakingUnemployment falls again

The UK's unemployment rate fell to 3.8%, the Office for National Statistics reports. It has not been lower since October to December 1974.

Excluding bonuses, average weekly earnings for employees in Great Britain were estimated to have increased by 3.3%, before adjusting for inflation, and by 1.5%, after adjusting for inflation, compared with a year earlier, it said.

Homeless man offered job after TV show appearance

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A homeless man from Teesside has been offered a job after an old school friend saw him on TV.

Adam Sowerby, 31, was interviewed by The One Show last summer when the BBC show visited Hartlepool to talk about unemployment.

He had been sleeping rough for five years and had applied for more than 75 jobs with no success, until gym manager and old school pal Chris Richardson heard his story.

He said he "couldn't believe it" when he saw his friend on the programme.

"I thought that there's going to be no-one more than Adam who'd appreciate the opportunity and who would grab it with both hands and who would work really hard," he said.

Adam said living on the streets was "very challenging" but his "mentality was not to give up because I always knew that something would come off eventually".