The number of unemployed people in the North West now stands at 325,000, the largest figure outside London.
This represents 9.6% of the working population, meaning the region is behind only London and the North East in terms of percentage of people unemployed.
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Although high to very high counts are expected in the driest, warmest weather, counts will generally be tailing off this coming week
A collection of dramatic pictures sent in by our viewers of the storms that crossed our region last night.
Fine evening on Saturday. Wet again for all parts at some point on Sunday. Cooler and more changeable for the new week