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28 February 2013, 12:48
The North West has seen the biggest drop in the number of young people who are not in work, at college or on a training course.
The latest figures show the region has seen the biggest drop in NEETS - that is the number young people not in education, employment or training.
Nationally the number is down as well, and here it has dropped by 39,000 on this time last year.
At the end of 2011 there were 156,000 16 to 24 year old NEETS and there are now 117,000.
The second biggest drop was seen in Yorkshire and the Humber where 22,000 fewer young people are now classed at NEET's.