The number of unemployed people in the North West rose by 18,000 in the three months to February 2012.
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Winds remaining strong today and dragging in colder air. A mix of sunshine & showers, these turning increasingly wintry over hills
Very windy with gales for many. Rain moving east
Gusts 50-60+mph for a time Saturday evening, remaining gusty into Sunday. Colder air by the end of the weekend. Sunshine & wintry showers