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North West unemployment figures worst in country

Unemployment in the North West increased by 24,000 in the three months to August. Official figures have revealed it's the worst area in the UK.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that a total of 294,000 people were unemployed in the region between June and August.

Nationally the number of people in work has reached a record high of almost 30m after a new fall in unemployment. Just under 2.5m people were out of work in the three months to August, down by 18,000 on the previous three months.

The figures showed the biggest monthly fall in jobseeker's allowance claimants for 16 years.

But the new data from the ONS also showed that 1.45 million people were working part-time because they could not find full-time jobs, the highest figure since records began in 1992.

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