Unemployment on the decrease

UNEMPLOYMENT in North Tyneside is falling.

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the borough is bucking the national trend of joblessness edging upwards.

About 9,000 people – 8.3 per cent of North Tyneside’s population – were unemployed between April 2009 and March last year.

The number of people in the borough claiming jobseeker’s allowance dropped from 5,986 in March last year to 5,723 last month.

National statistics show a rise in the number of job vacancies available, and ministers are looking to the private sector to get Britain working again.

The government is pinning its hopes on what it believes are the industries of the future – such as aerospace, pharmaceuticals and green energy, the last of which is already in the frame for the north bank of the Tyne – to provide new job opportunities.

Employment minister Chris Grayling, pictured, said: “These figures serve to underline the scale of the challenge we face.

“We inherited the largest budget deficit in peacetime history and high levels of worklessness, which we are determined to bring down by rebalancing the economy and supporting private-sector jobs growth.

“We are already seeing some improvement in the number of vacancies in the economy.”