Employers across every region of the country are expecting to take on more people over the next three months except in the South West.
The figures come from the recruitment group Manpower UK. Heavy reliance on tourism and a jobs boom in recent years means growth in the South West has ground to a halt.
Dozens of venues across the region are opening their doors to the public today. Its the 20th anniversary of Heritage Open Days which allow free access to areas not normally accessible to visitors.
Taking part in this month's show are Sarah Newton, the Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth, the Liberal Democrat MP for Thornbury & Yate Steve Webb - who is also Minister of State for Pensions - and Anne Snelgrove, Labour's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Swindon South. She held the seat until the 2010 General Election.
Up for discussion was the forthcoming Scottish Referendum, a split in the Tory party over Europe, and the Lib Dem's new initiative for free school meals for all children in state-funded schools aged 7 and under.
A school chaplain from Somerset who abandoned his attempt to run the South West Coast Path has pledged to complete it, despite a knee injury. Reverend Mike Haslam ran the 260 mile stretch from Minehead to Lands End in seven days but had to postpone the final leg in Dorset. He says he'll complete the rest of the route in sections - by the end of the year. He's raising money for Christian Aid.