Unemployment in the region is down 24,000 according to official figures.
The rate currently stands at 270,000, a decrease of 7.9% between September and November last year.
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The latest weather update plus viewers' photos for ITV Granada
Not a bad Bank Holiday weekend - mostly fine, sunny and warm! Always warmest further west
Mainly low to moderate over the next few days... small amounts of grass pollen in the air in the warmest, driest weather