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8000 more people in the region have managed to find a job in the last month, according to figures released today.
Across the region there are now 127,000 people still out of work. The number has fallen over the past three months.
At the University of the West of England, 3000 students are expected at a careers fair today, from the first to third year. 130 employers are there: more wanted to come but the fair was fully booked.
"I definitely think a degree is the chance of getting a job. And I need to start paying off my loan."
"I think jobs fairs are ideal for getting in front of prospective employers. I'm confident I will find a job this way."
In Taunton staff from Musgrove Park Hospital were also on strike.
People are very angry, morale is the lowest that I’ve known it, I’ve been in the NHS for 35 years, and it’s the lowest it’s ever been. But we’re all here because we care about patients and we care about the NHS.
Nurses, midwives and hospital workers at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital were also taking industrial action:
We’ve seen possibly more than 60 midwives through here this morning, some of them going home after a night shift, some of them coming on later, and it really shows the support for this stoppage.
Nurses, paramedics and midwives joined thousands of health workers across the west today on strike over pay. It's the first time in a generation that NHS staff from 6 unions have been on the picket lines. Routine areas of care like patient transport have been disrupted, although emergency services were kept running.
Jonathan Hammond-Williams is a paramedic in Bristol and is one of those involved in the industrial action:
The last sort of ten years or so there’s been a huge increase in the demand for 999, and we’re always there to help all our patients but I feel as though there’s been no reflection in the amount of responsibility being hired and yet the salary is not matching that.
Midwives were on strike outside St Michaels Hospital for the first time. Kathryn Lunson, a widwife of 20 years, had just finished a 12 hour night shift.
Just fair pay. We all work really really hard and in difficult conditions, the birth rate’s rising all the time, more complicated cases to look after. It’s a lovely, fantastic job to do, and we do all enjoy it, you couldn’t do it if you didn’t enjoy it, but the whole system just grinds you all down.