The number of unemployed people in the North West now stands at 325,000, the largest figure outside London.
This represents 9.6% of the working population, meaning the region is behind only London and the North East in terms of percentage of people unemployed.
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Mainly fine, sunny and very warm through the Easter weekend
Tree pollen season is at it's peak, along with some early grasses & Oil Seed Rape. It's only April but the sun is strong enough to burn