Recruitment agency Manpower UK says the downturn in tourism employment across the South West this year is greater now than it has been for years. Manpower UK says their survey shows a majority of employers in the South West won't be taking on new staff.
James Hick is from Manpower UK:
They say the South West will lag behind the rest of the country. The powerhouse of London and the South East are predicted to do well and manufacturing in the East and West Midlands gives the area a huge boost. But employment growth in the South West is predicted to stall.
Manpower UK say some employers have stopped trying to find IT workers, engineers and financiers because they know the skills they're looking for don't exist. Contraction there and saturation of the tourism employment market explains why businesses aren't expecting growth in jobs.
The number of people out of work in the South West has risen despite a decrease in unemployment nationally.
Official figures show the number of unemployed people in the region now stands at 137,000 - an increase of 1,000 from the previous quarter. According to the recruitment group Manpower, employers in the south west say they're unliikely to take on staff over the coming months.
The latest jobs figures for the South West show 137,000 people were unemployed in our region for the months May to July 2014. This is a slight increase on the previous quarter of February to April when 136,000 were out of work.
The unemployment rate has risen 0.1% to 5.0%, which is still one of the lowest rates it's been for the last 6 years.
Across the whole of the UK unemployment fell by 146,000 to 2.02million in the three months to the end of the July. The unemployment rate fell to 6.2%, its lowest rate since the September to November 2008.
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.
After running across Canada for a year to raise money for charity, Jamie McDonald from Gloucestershire, has been chosen as the West's Pride of Britain Fundraiser of the Year.
He'll now go to through the national finals in London where Carol Vorderman will present the Pride of Britain awards later in the year.
This was the moment he found out: