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.
The latest national unemployment figures show that Scotland has a higher employment rate compared to the UK as a whole (73.9% compared to 73.1%) and a lower unemployment rate (6.0% compared to 6.2%).
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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.
Unemployment in Scotland has fallen by 25,000 to 176,000, its lowest level in almost five years. Official statistics released this morning show the unemployment rate now stands at 6.4%, compared to 7.1% in the UK as a whole.
Councillors in Dumfries and Galloway are meeting today to discuss plans to tackle unemployment in the region.
They're hoping to invest £1.5m over the next three years to create 400 jobs for young people and the long term unemployed.
Two events are being held in Dumfries to try to tackle the town's unemployment problems.
Local politicians and MPs will meet a range of organisations followed by an event aimed at bringing together employers and young people.
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.
Youth unemployment is one of the region's biggest problems.
The proportion claiming job seekers allowance in West Cumbria is significantly higher than the national average.
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Local MP Michael Moore has welcomed statistics released today which show a drop in the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in the Borders.
Figures show that in July the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in the Borders was 1,715, compared to 1,754 in June, a drop of 39.