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20 March 2013, 09:53 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
Unemployment in the North West's gone up by 3,000 in the three months between November and January
Figures released by the Office For National Statistics today show the number of people out of work in the region has gone up.
Nationally, unemployment has increased for the first time in a year, delivering a pre-Budget blow to the Government.
The jobless total jumped by 7,000 to 2.52 million, ending a run of reductions, with all the increase caused by more 18 to 24-year-olds becoming unemployed.
North West Stats
* Unemployment up by 3,000 between November and January
* 8.6 % of people in the region are out of work
* 301,000 people are unemployed in the North West
* Unemployment has fallen by 19,000 compared to this time last year