Unemployment has once again edged down with the latest figures showing it had reached its lowest level nationally for seven years.
The jobless total was slashed by 102,000 in the quarter to September to 1.75 million - 103,000 fewer than the previous three months and 210,000 down on a year ago.
The number of people in work has continued to increase, to a record high of 31.2 million, 419,000 more than a year ago and up by 177,000 over the quarter.
But the claimant count has increased for the third month in a row, up by 3,300 in October to 795,500, said the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The figure covers people on Jobseeker’s Allowance and those on the out of work element of Universal Credit.
In the North West 193,000 were out of work down minus 20,000 giving an unemployment rate of 5.5%.
In the Blackpool North and Cleveleys constituency there were 1,486 people claiming benefits, down three on the previous month. In Blackpool South there were 1,969 claimants, down 23, in Fylde 656, down one on the previous month, in Lancaster and Fleetwood 925, up 15, while in Wyre there were 417 claimants ,down seven on September.
Amy Pond, from the Blackpool Jobcentre, said they were encouraged by the fall but were working hard to find positions for more people.
She said: “This month we have been focusing on the care sector.
“We have been holding awareness sessions at our Tyldesley Road Jobcentre for people to get to know what the sector can offer, to bust a few myths about it. Ther are good career paths to follow.
“We are holding a session on November 19 where we will have eight employers for the sector who are looking to fill vacancies.”
Nationally the ONS said the number of job vacancies fell by 5,000 over the last quarter to 736,000, while self-employment has increased by 30,000 to 4.5 million.
Unite warned that the jobs recovery was being fuelled by self-employment and low-paid, insecure, part-time jobs.
General secretary Len McCluskey said: “We are seeing a re-balancing of the economy away from decent secure jobs to a world where people are increasingly being employed in low-paid, insecure work, desperate for the security of a permanent job.”