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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A stalker has been banned from the Trafford Centre where his ex-wife works after he subjected her to a six-month campaign of harassment.
A colder and much more unsettled outlook over the coming few days
A very unsettled spell into Thursday. Heavy rain, snow on hills and an AMBER WARNING issued for the North West for gales