Unemployment in the North-East is at a painful 11.5 per cent — the highest in the nation — so as I chatted with the waitress at a Durham restaurant on Saturday night I expected her story to be one of doom and gloom. Not so.
She was a 22-year-old Russian who graduated from the city’s university a year earlier and had found work in a local engineering company.
Needing to make her money up, she had taken a job waiting tables on Friday and Saturday nights at the restaurant in Aykley Heads.
So while many local youngsters struggle to find work she came 1,500 miles, was educated in a foreign language and managed to find two jobs.
Surely this young lady proves work is out there. Either young Britons are not trying hard enough or prefer putting their energy into going down to the benefits office.
One person - ONE PERSON - is lucky enough to get work, and apparently that means there's work out there. Note also that the engineering job clearly pays so badly she needs to top it up with another role.
So there's your real story - study full time, and end up in work that pays so badly you need to work 9-5 and then two evenings a week to make ends meet.