A NORTH-EAST city has been named the UKs hardest place to find a job - and a Teesside town has made the list too.

Jobseekers in Sunderland will have more difficulty finding a job there than anywhere else in the country, according to a study.

Research highlighting the number of vacancies in one particular area, compared with latest unemployment figures, has revealed the worst areas in the UK.

Led by Adzuna, the latest data has revealed the sharpest rise in unemployment since data started being collected in 1992.

It has found job vacancies in Sunderland plummeted by 54 percent year to date with the number of jobseekers vastly outnumbering the number of jobs available.

It has found there are around 4.3 jobseekers per vacancy in Sunderland.

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough has made the top 10 hardest cities to find a job with around 1.7 jobseekers per vacancy based on the same data.

How the region compares with the rest of the country:

Source: Adzuna

1. Sunderland

2. Bradford

3. Salford

4. Hull

5. Wirral

6. Rochdale

7. Wolverhampton

8. Belfast

9. Middlesbrough

10. Leeds

What the experts say

Andrew Hunter, Co-Founder of Adzuna, said: “Unemployment has unfortunately reached record highs and has heavily impacted some regions in the UK a lot more than others.

"Northern cities are disproportionately impacted by job losses with all 9 out of 10 of the worst affected cities situated in the north of England.

"The disparity in job losses highlights a wider economic inequality with ‘middle-class’ cities such as Oxford and Cambridge comparatively unaffected.

'Situation likely to get worse'

"Our data shows that lower-income workers have been hit the hardest by job losses and we need to ensure that more is done to provide support to the groups of people that need support the most.

"The situation is likely to get worse in the coming months as the government’s Job Retention Scheme winds up over the summer. There is a real risk that unemployment could double again by the end of the year, so getting Britain back to work in the coming weeks is critical to avoid long term economic damage."