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Nikki Lewis from Job Centre Plus in Bristol says today's unemployment figures which show a rise of 10 thousand to 145,000 doesn't mean there aren't jobs available:
Figures showing a fall in unemployment shows Britain's economic recovery is "continuing to gain momentum", the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said.
"With record numbers in work and the claimant count falling, these figures show that our economic recovery is continuing to gain momentum," Mr Alexander said.
"It's further proof that our Liberal Democrat tax cuts for working people, support for apprenticeships and our determination to tackle the deficit fairly are working - and so is the country.
"There is still a long way to go, but this is solid progress and the significant fall in youth employment is particularly encouraging and welcome."
The number of people out of work in the South West has risen by 10 thousand to 145,000. It is the only region in the country that has seen an increase.
Nationally, unemployment has continued to fall, while the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance is on course to dip below a million for the first time in six years.
The jobless total was 2.08 million in the quarter to June, down by 132,000 on January to March and the lowest since the end of 2009, giving an unemployment rate of 6.4%.