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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Remaining largely cloudy with patchy drizzle over hills. Becoming milder, breezy with some brighter breaks in the west on Friday
Saturday looks like the best day of the weekend. Mainly dry for both Saturday and Sunday but a cooler, cloudier finish
Another largely cloudy and murky day. Perhaps a little brighter and feeling milder for Friday