Another employment rise for region

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Northumberland residents seeking work have been told that a range of employment opportunities are available.

The news from Jobcentre Plus comes as figures released earlier today revealed that employment has gone up in the North East to 71.2 per cent.

Covering April to June, the figure is 1,211,000 – 16,000 more than the previous three months and an increase of 51,000 from the same period last year.

The most recent claimant count, a key unemployment statistic, is 50,300. This is 300 fewer than the previous count.

In Northumberland, this figure was 4,420 compared to 4,450 at the same point last year, although there was a noticeable improvement in the 18-24 age category.

This particular count was 1,005 at the end of June. It was 1,145 in 2015.

Steve McCall, employer relationship manager for Jobcentre Plus in the North East, said: “There are a range of opportunities in different sectors across Northumberland and the North East and they include full-time and part-time jobs.

“There are new build pubs and supermarkets and the three new retail units in Morpeth that are recruiting and there are a number of hospitality roles in Tyneside, which can lead to productive career opportunities.”

He added that the sector based work academy initiative has been very helpful to young adults looking for a job.

After a couple of weeks of intensive training in a particular sector and a short placement, participants get a guaranteed interview with the employer.

And the voluntary work experience scheme is being rolled out to other age groups, as 30 per cent of participants have gone on to get a job with their work experience company.

The employment rate in the UK is now at 74.5 per cent.