Unemployment in the South West has increased by 3,000 in the quarter to May, official figures have revealed. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), a total of 138,000 people were unemployed in the region between March and May, a rise of 2.2%.
She said: "An important milestone has been reached in our country's recovery. With one of the highest employment rates ever, it's clear that the Government's long-term economic plan to help businesses create jobs and get people working again is the right one.
"With an employment rate which has never been higher, record women in work and more young people in jobs, the resilience of the country during the downturn is being rewarded.
"We know there is more to do, and the best way to do so is to go on delivering a plan that's creating growth and jobs."