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Sunday, 29 March 2015

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Quarter of people in North West not in work

More than a quarter of people in the North West are not in work according to data published today

The office of National Statistics has revealed 25.1 per cent of the region’s population are not in work, but are not technically unemployed.

It reflects the number of people who are without a job who have not actively sought work in the last four weeks and/or are not available to start work in the next two weeks.

The South East has the lowest inactivity rate of 19.2 per cent.

ONS senior labour market statistician Nick Palmer said: “The latest unemployment rate is 7.2 per cent, down 0.4 per cent on the previous quarter.

“This is a comparison between the July-September and October-December three-month periods.

“It is higher than last month's published figure of 7.1 per cent for September-November.

“However, it is not directly comparable with the figure published this month, as the Labour Force Survey is not designed to measure monthly changes.

“The main conclusion that should be drawn from these latest figures is that the rate at which unemployment has been falling is likely to have slowed down."

The area has also been named as having one of the lowest rates of employment with 68.6 per cent compared with the South East at 76.6 per cent.

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