Figures released by the Office of National Statistics reveal the North East is the region of the UK which has seen the least number of jobs created.
The North East saw the number of employees increase by just 0.6% between 2012 and 2013, less than half that of the neighboring North West and Yorkshire and the Humber regions.
This small change means the three are now 0.5% fewer employees in the North East than there was in 2009.
Tom Blenkinsop, Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland said:
“When the Tories were elected they promised to ‘rebalance’ the economy and remove the trade deficit. This announcement is another promise broken by this government.
“The North East is one of the few regions of the United Kingdom which exports more than it imports and these latest figures show that the much needed investment in manufacturing jobs in the North East has not been delivered.
“While there has been an increase in the number of self-employed people research shows that they earn around 40% less than their full-time employee equivalents.
“The Labour Party will tackle unemployment, particularly amongst young people, by requiring businesses who have government contracts to employ apprentices. We will also ensure self-employed people have the same right as employed people when it comes to things like mortgages and maternity leave.”