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Fall in unemployment across the North West

Unemployment has fallen across our region Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics this morning have shown a drop in unemployment across our region.

Unemployment has fallen by 27,000 across the North West to 239,000 - dropping to seven percent.

The latest figures span from May to July of this year.

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New approach to try and recruit next generation of NHS staff in Cumbria

A careers fair is being held at Lakes College in Lillyhall Credit: ITV News Border

An NHS careers fair is being held at Lakes College in Lillyhall to try and attract the next generation of healthcare professionals. An ageing population, younger people leaving the county and the lack of a specialist skills centre are all reasons the NHS can struggle to recruit.

The Cumbria Parternship NHS Foundation Trust has organised the event. It employs around 4000 people within the county.

Cockermouth expansion into centre of motor excellence

A West Cumbrian firm has announced plans to expand - and is set to create a hundred jobs.

M-Sport at Dovenby near Cockermouth manufactures rally cars for the global market. It's set to build a centre of excellence for vehicle testing and evaluation.

It won't just be for motor sport, however, as the company is also targeting the general automotive industry.

Kim Inglis reports.

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400 job opportunities for Dumfries and Galloway

A council in South West Scotland is promising to help create more than 400 new job opportunities in the next three years.

Dumfries and Galloway Council will be investing £1.5 million in new apprenticeship schemes.

The region has the lowest wage levels in the UK, and has seen a fall in the number of private sector jobs.

Russell Brown, Labor MP for Dumfries and Galloway, said a working partnership between organisations is needed.

Penrith depot to hold meeting over job losses

The depot in Penrith Credit: Phoenix Healthcare Distribution Limited

Union officials from USDAW are meeting bosses and workers at a pharmaceutical company in Cumbria later today where 40 jobs are being cut.

Phoenix Healthcare Distribution based on the Gilwilly Industrial Estate in Penrith announced the job losses last week.

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