Five organisations in the North East feature in this year's Top 100 Employers list, released today by lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall
Unemployment Falls By 11,000 In The North East
The number of people out of work in the North East has fallen by 19,000 in the three months between December and February 2015.
There were 100,000 people without a job in the North East in that time.
That means 20,000 more people had a job here this year compared to the same point in 2014.
There are more men out of work in our region (53,000) than women (47,000).
The unemployment rate for the North East is 7.7%, which is still the highest in the country.
Nationally, unemployment dropped by 76,000 between December and February, to 1.84 million.
The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance last month fell by just over 20,000.
Average earnings in the year to February increased by 1.7%.
The CPS is appealing for longer jail sentences for three people convicted over the murder of a man with learning difficulties
A report by the End Child Poverty Coalition suggests small growth in benefits could push families deeper into poverty.
An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Leonne Weeks, 16, who was found dead on a path in Rotherham.
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