Region’s employment is on the increase

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Employment in the North West has risen three times more than London.

North West, Employment Minister Esther McVey said:“The rise in the employment rate in the North West was triple that of London in the last three months, and nationally, more and more businesses are hiring - so it’s a credit to them that Britain is working again. But there is still more to do - which is why I’m calling on even more employers in the North West to work with us to tap into the fantastic pool of talent and potential the area has to offer.”

Nationally unemployment has dropped below seven per cent for the first time since the recession and employment has seen the biggest annual jump in a generation, figures published by the Office for National Statistics today show.

Unemployment fell by 77,000 in the last three months, taking the unemployment rate to 6.9 per cent for the first time since 2009.

In the largest annual rise in nearly 25 years, the number of people of people in a job rose by 691,000 bringing the record number of people in work to 30.39m.