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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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Unemployment falls in Cumbria and southern Scotland

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Unemployment figures have dropped in Cumbria, the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

The figure for Cumbria has dropped by over 300 to 7341.

It has fallen for six months in a row and is now at its lowest for nearly five years.

In Dumfries and Galloway, the number out of work reduced by 87 to 3235.

In the Scottish Borders, 1888 people are looking for work, which is down by 67.

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Youth unemployment is one of the region's biggest problems.

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In our latest update from ITV Fixers - we hear from a young man in Workington who is urging local youngsters to expect more from themselves.

Watch the full report below.

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