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Recruitment Agency say downturn in tourism is greater than other years

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.

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Unemployment rises in the South West

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.

Positive unemployment figures for South West

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.

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Heritage Open Days celebrate 20th anniverary

Inside Bristol's Redcliffe Caves this morning Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

Visitors enjoying life underground at Redcliffe Caves Credit: ITV News West Country

And the Pride of Britain Fundraiser of the Year in the West is...Jamie McDonald

Jamie McDonald ran across Canada for a year Credit: ITV News

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:

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