Latest figures show unemployment has fallen in the North West more than any other part of the country.
The last three months has seen a 6% drop in people looking for work in the region.
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Windy throughout the whole of the weekend, especially at the coast. High tides, so beware big waves, coastal gusts 50-60mph
Apart from the strong wind, we have a pretty stagnant weather situation at present. Coastal gusts of 50-60mph, inland gusts of 40-50mph
Windy throughout the weekend with gusts of 50mph especially around the coast. Saturday will be drier and brighter than Sunday