The Conservative MP Mark Hoban is Minister for Employment. He told ITV News West Country that the South West economy is diverse:
The South West was the region with the biggest increase in unemployment between January and March.
But the region had the lowest unemployment rate at 6.1%.
Unemployment increased by 17,000 in the South West between January and March.
The Government published the latest jobless figures on Tuesday.
166,000 people looked for work in the region in the first quarter of 2013.
It took the unemployment rate in the South West to 6.1%.