Workers at Tata Steel UK, including those at its Workington plant, are being balloted for industrial action.
Six thousand members of the Unite union will receive ballot papers in a dispute over pensions.
Staff at Cumbria County Council have been invited to apply for voluntary redundancy.
The Council needs to make savings of £83 million over the next three years, and expects to cut around 1,800 jobs because of that.
A four-week window for staff to apply for redundancy opened on Monday 11 May.
Unemployment nationally is at a seven-year low of 1.83 million, official figures showed today.
The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance last month also fell by 12,600 to 763,800, said the Office for National Statistics.
In Cumbria, the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance last month was 4,042. The previous month it had been 4,309.
Similarly, last month's figures fell in the Scottish Borders, down to 1,1138 from 1,1213
Dumfries and Galloway also saw a drop, from 1,896 to 1,783.
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Campaigners are meeting this afternoon to consider whether to pursue legal action against the governors of St Bees school.
The 400-year-old school is closing this year because of falling pupil numbers, and because the governors say it is not financially sustainable.
But campaigners say they don't feel the governors have considered all of the options, and this afternoon they will decide whether to seek an injunction, to stop the closure.
A Borders-based timber company's expansion plans could create more than 50 new jobs in Selkirk.
Oregon Timber - who are based at Dunsdale Haugh - want to take over the nearby former Co-op home furnishing store which closed last summer.
Oregon, who supply timber frames for house-builders such as Cala, Miller and Dawn, already have a 100-strong workforce in Selkirk.
The firm has applied to Scottish Borders Council for planning permission to change its use from retail to a timber manufacturing facility.
Documents lodged with the application state the new factory will have a proposed employment of 53 staff.
"The sole aim of making this application is to pursue the company's desire to acquire additional space suitable for the proposed expansion of its current timber frame manufacturing facility in Selkirk."
Unions representing more than 1,200 construction workers at the Sellafield site have agreed to enter into talks with a mediator.
Workers voted in favour of industrial action last week after a 10 month dispute over health and safety concerns.
Unite and GMB say that their issue is not with Sellafield Ltd, but with the NAECI managers contractor.
They have warned that if their safety concerns are not addressed by NAECi, they will ballot for strike action once more.
Today at the NAECI Stewards committee, we voted unanimously to recommend to our members at the Report Back meeting this Friday that we accept the offer of the National Joint Council to mediate a meeting to resolve the issues ASAP.
"If the talks are unsuccessful, the process of balloting for industrial action will take place."
Unions that represent more than 1,200 construction workers at Sellafield will meet today to decide what type of industrial action will be taken at the site.
Unite union says the move follows a 10 month dispute over health and safety, and a disagreement over the employment of a full-time shop steward.
Sellafield says the workers are contractors, employed by other companies, and that their actions won't affect site operations or safety
Fifty jobs could be created in Carlisle as the city council has agreed to sell five acres of land on the Rosehill Industrial Estate.
The deal is thought to be worth up to £5 million.
There are plans for the land to be used for the development of up to ten commercial and retail units, as well as a 350 space pay-and-display car park.