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Over the period November to January 2015, the North East had the highest unemployment rate at 7.7% of the economically active population. The lowest rate was 4.5% in the South West. The UK average was 5.7%.

Ten out of twelve regions/countries saw a decrease in the level of unemployment over the last quarter, with the largest being Yorkshire and the Humber (down 30,000) followed by the North East (down 19,000).

The (seasonally adjusted) Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimant count decreased across all regions and countries between January 2015 and February 2015.

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