The Conservative MP Mark Hoban is Minister for Employment. He told ITV News West Country that the South West economy is diverse:
Given the challenging economic conditions at the end of last year, it's unsurprising that we're now seeing fewer people in work. What's encouraging, however, is that economic conditions seem to be improving and that full-time jobs are still being created. With these figures showing the highest number of vacancies since 2008, this reflects businesses' more positive view of the year ahead."
These jobs figures are troubling. There are now more people out of work today than when the coalition took office three years ago. Those in work are taking a hammering in their pay packets with wage growth down to just 0.4%, while prices rise far more quickly. It's no wonder the economy is struggling when people in work are getting poorer every month."
Following recent positive news on the economy, today's UK labour market data provides something of a reality check. At least there was one piece of good news, with unemployment on the claimant count measure seeing a further drop in April, down by 7,300."
We now have definitive proof the Government has simply failed to get Britain back to work. Families struggling for work will be asking quite simply, what planet are these people on?"