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I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.
Although it remains lower than before the recession the number of women in work in the north-east has risen 7,000 over the last year and the employment rate is up 0.8 percentage points to 61.9% (February to April 2012). Within this overall fall in worklessness, unemployment has risen but inactivity has fallen significantly as more women have been drawn back into the labour market.
New opportunities come up for people who want to get a job, or change jobs, every day. Jobcentre Plus offices in the north-east take over 500 new vacancies every working day and many vacancies come up through other recruitment channels. Through Jobcentre Plus and the Work programme, the Government is doing all it can to help people take advantage of these opportunities.