New statistics show 2.2 unemployed people are chasing every job vacancy in Preston.
The figures, published by trade union Unison, show there were 2.6 people after every vacancy in neighbouring South Ribble with 2.7 after every job in Chorley.
In Wyre, there are 3.4 people for every job vacancy with Lancaster reporting levels of 3.6 people per role.
Kevan Nelson, regional secretary for Unison North West, said the regional average is 3.8 people.
He said: “The scale of the ongoing jobs crisis is deeply worrying. Three long years of cuts – with more to come – and still there are not enough jobs to go around.
“The government has got it wrong on the recession and it has sacrificed our recovery, as well as laying waste to our public services, cuts have a stranglehold on the private sector.
“The government does have a choice. Use the budget to outline the bold strategy for jobs and growth that we so desperately need in the North West.
“Make people feel secure in their jobs and they are more likely to spend, give public sector workers a decent pay rise and more money will flow through tills in local shops and businesses, helping our beleaguered high streets.
“The most damaging thing the government could do is to plough on regardless with its reckless anti-growth, no hope, cuts strategy.”