JOBLESS levels fell for a sixth successive month in the Liverpool city region, but experts warned they will climb again to peak in 2012.
Across the UK, the latest Office of National Statistics figures showed the largest rise in employment for more than 21 years, which helped drive the number of jobless down by 49,000 in the three months to June.
The UK unemployment level fell to 2.46m after the biggest quarterly decrease for three years.
The drop came after a 184,000 increase in the number of employed to 29m, marking the largest quarterly hike since the three months to May, 1989.
Unemployment fell across the Liverpool city region from 50,304, in June, to 49,950 in July, despite small increases in Knowsley from 5,454 to 5,469 unemployed and Sefton, 7,7803 to 7,863, respectively.
Across the North West, people claiming jobseekers’ allowance fell by 20,000 to 276,000, giving an unemployment rate of 8.1% of the working population.
All Liverpool city region figures came in below the national average, with Knowsley showing a 5.7% unemployment rate; Liverpool 6.3%; St Helens 4.3%; Sefton 4.6%; Wirral 4.5%; and Halton 5%.
However, Howard Archer, chief economist at IHS Global Insight, predicted the number of unemployed in the UK would start rising later this year, increasing throughout 2011 to peak at 2.85m in 2012.
He added the wider economy may come under further pressure as consumers feel the pinch from muted wage growth and high inflation.