Sunderland is the third worst city in the country in which to find a job, it has emerged.
That’s one of the key findings from a survey, which found Sunderland had 15 jobseekers per vacancy in the city.
Only Salford and The Wirral came out worse in the survey from jobs website Adzuna.
Middlesbrough was the second place from the North East to appear in the list, coming in 10th with an average of 4.5 jobseekers per vacancy.
Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, said: “I think the North East of England has consistently been a poor performer within the last six to 12 months.”
He added: “I think it comes down to where you can attract industry. We’re just not seeing enough of those positive stories.”
He cited Nissan’s decision to axe 365 temporary jobs at their Sunderland plant as an example of the difficulties faced in the region.
The last set of employment figures released from the Office of National Statistics showed the North East was the only region where unemployment had risen in the three months to March.
However, Mr Hunter indicated job prospects in the city were improving.
He said: “The positive news for Sunderland is that the jobseekers per vacancy number is currently standing at 14. That number one year ago was well above 20, so it’s moving in the right direction, along with the rest of the country.
“Unfortunately the opportunities for jobseekers in Sunderland just aren’t as good as other parts of the country, particularly London and the South East.”
The survey painted a bleak picture for the North, which had eight of the UK’s 10 worst cities for employment.
None of the leading ten locations for employment were located in the North, with every city on the list coming from the South, apart from Scottish capital Edinburgh.#####