Figures released this week have shown that unemployment in Cumbria rose in December despite a fall across the UK.
The number of jobless in the county rose to 6,363 - which is a rate of 2.1 per cent - 0.1 per cent rise on November's figures.
However, this is still significantly below the UK unemployment total of 7.1 per cent.
Unemployment in Scotland has fallen to a five-year low.
Figures for September to November last year show that 176,000 Scots are out of work, down 25,000.
However, speaking at Prime Minister's Questions in Westminster today, Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown has said that he is just as concerned about inflation.
The number of people out of work in Cumbria has seen the biggest monthly fall in five years, and that is partly because of seasonal factors.
The total dropped by 406 to just below 8500, with the county's unemployment rate standing at 2.7%.
There has also been a drop in the number of people out of work across the south of Scotland for the second month in a row.
In Dumfries and Galloway 3.8% are out of work and in the Scottish Borders the figure is 3%.
New figures released show that there has been an increase in the number of unemployed people in Cumbria and southern Scotland.
Over the past month the number out of work in Dumfries and Galloway went up by 188 to 3542 which is 3.9%.
In the Borders the jobless figure of 2102 is up by more than 100 and stands at 3%.
Unemployment in Cumbria has risen in the last month to 2.9%.
There are 8,982 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance - that is almost 550 more than December.