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How happy - or otherwise - is the North-East?
5:47pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
FIGURES released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) appear to show the North-East as among the unhappiest regions in the country.
Participants in the recent ONS study on personal well-being were asked to rate their happiness on a scale of nought to ten.
Despite scoring an average happiness rating of 7.2 out of ten, comparable with other areas, the North-East had the highest proportion of people rating their happiness between zero and four.
In the North-East, 12.6 per cent of respondents rated their happiness between zero and four, compared to 11.3 per cent in the North West and 10.9 per cent in Yorkshire and the Humber.
Other factors considered by the 165,000 people questioned were feelings of anxiety, self-worth and overall life satisfaction.
The ONS said the region’s high unemployment rate and lower-than-average life expectancy may be among the characteristics for its residents having the lowest average personal well-being among the English regions.
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