The fact that the North East will benefit most from a rise in the minimum wage to £8 an hour reveals an uncomfortable truth about the jobs market in our region.
And that is that we have too many people on the minimum wage.
A job is a job, of course and a healthy rise in the minimum wage would blow a warm breeze through the finances of many hard-pressed households across the North East. That, in turn, would help the region’s prosperity as a whole.
However, what would really make a difference to the region’s overall wealth is for us to add more highly-skilled, highly-paid jobs into the mix.
Mr Miliband’s pledge on the minimum wage ticked what for any Labour leader is a pretty easy box.
What Labour also need to spell out is what they are going to do to increase those more highly-paid jobs.