The latest unemployment figures for the North East demonstrate that all the government talk about the Northern Powerhouse is just hype, says regional MEP Jonathan Arnott.
“While the figures of the ONS show that nationally unemployment is down, in this region the figures are actually up on the last quarter.
“The previous quarter had shown a decrease in those out of work but the rate was still the highest in the UK.
“I have no doubt that leaving the EU will provide the manufacturing boost that the area needs and since the Brexit vote I have been aware of a real sense of hope among our working class communities. And as we get nearer to leaving the EU the more I believe that will increase.
“I sincerely hope that the next ONS figures for the North East show a noticeable decrease and that the current ones are a blip. I am fortified in that belief as the figures are down year-on-year from 102,000,” said Mr Arnott.
“What does worry me is that the North East has now been described by the TUC as the UK capital of insecure work, with the equivalent of two-thirds of jobs created in the region in the last five years being without guaranteed pay or normal employment rights.
“People not only need jobs but they need proper job security and legal safeguards,” he added.