Jonathan Walker, Assistant Director of Policy said:
"While it comes as no surprise to see the UK is officially in recession, the scale of the downturn is still shocking. Following yesterday's confirmation that the claimant count in the North East is now at 10%, it is clear that we face a difficult road ahead.
"There is a very real danger that this recession will hit our region particularly hard and further entrench the disparities between here and other parts of the country.
"We need an immediate plan from Government, working with local organisations and the business community to build a recovery that is based on fairness both within and between regions"