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North East falls behind on employment growth

 

Article from Chamber Policy Adviser, Paul Carbert

North East England Chamber of Commerce Policy Adviser Paul Carbert said: “The labour market statistics published this morning are disappointing for the North East, as our region continues to have the lowest employment rate and highest unemployment rate of any region.

Employment has fallen in the North East from the record high reached last year, against a national trend of rising employment. The difference between the employment rate in the North East and the national average is now at its highest point since 2015.

Our members tell us that they are struggling to recruit staff with the right technical skills, which suggests a need for a stronger focus on retraining and upskilling programmes to help people into work.

With the Government now focused on a party leadership contest, we want to see all of the candidates acknowledge the need for a regional approach to skills and training, and give the North East the powers and resources necessary to tackle this issue.”