Unemployment rose again in the region in the three months to May 2012, despite falling nationally.
The number of people unemployed rose to 331,000, and increase of 6,000.
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We are into the longest cold spell of winter so far. More wintry flurries and bitterly cold weather to come
Windy today, gusts 40-50mph at the coast. Odd wintry flurry across West Lancs, Cumbria, N Wales, bright and feeling raw elsewhere
Pupils at a school in Skelmerdale have made a heartwarming film about what books they love, and what they want to be when they grow up.