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12 September 2012, 10:25
New stats out show there were 8,000 fewer people out of work in the North West in the 3 months between May and July.
There are now 316,000 unemployed people in the region - a fall of around 2.5% on the previous 3 months.
But unemployment's UP by 27,000 in the North West compared to this time last year.
4,000 more men are out of work in the North West - 195,000 in total.
For women there's been a drop of 13,000 on the previous quarter - down to 122,000.
Nationally unemployment fell by 7,000 to 2.59 million - which means 8.1% of the population are unemployed.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the number claiming jobseekers allowance last month was 1.57 million, down by 15,000 on July - the largest monthly fall since June 2010.
London accounted for 5,500 of the fall in the so-called claimant count, suggesting a jobs boost from the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Other figures revealed the number of part-time workers increased by 134,000 to reach 8.12 million - the highest since records began in 1992.
The number of Britons working part-time because they can't find a full-time job also hit a record high of 1.42 million. The ONS also revealed that public sector employment fell for the eleventh quarter in a row, by 235,000 to 5.7 million.