I have said before to newbies - look at house prices and if an area is particularly cheap, there is a good reason for that. That applies in the north, the south, and the west. Everyone settles in an area for a reason, but it is irrefutable that sometimes where you live can limit your chances of getting work. I have spoken to many employers who will not even consider a job application from someone who lives an hour away from where they will be based. This applies to an employer in the south as much as in the north. So in times of high unemployment, that is something to bear in mind.