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South West firms set to take on new staff

The CBI says the outlook for job seekers in the south west is 'positive' Credit: PA

A survey says half of businesses in the south west expect to take on more staff this year - with job prospects for younger people also improving.

More than a hundred firms were questioned by the CBI. The organisation says the outlook for the year is 'positive'.

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369 jobs to go at Cornwall Council

The Chief Executive of Cornwall Council, Andrew Kerr wrote to tell staff of the job losses today. Credit: ITV West Country

EXCLUSIVE: ITV West Country can reveal that nearly four hundred jobs are to go at Cornwall Council.

369 posts will be lost, 280 of them compulsory.

The council wants to make the savings by the end of next March.

Staff and unions have been told the news this morning in a letter from the council's chief executive Andrew Kerr.

Mr Kerr says in a letter to staff that the cuts will save £31 million.

Unemployment falls in the South West

There was good news on the jobs front today with unemployment in our region falling once again. New figures reveal the south west is one of the best places in the country to find work, second only to the South East.

But concern still surrounds the struggles facing young people - especially those without qualifications or training. Richard Payne reports.

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Bristol students positive about job prospects

Students about to graduate in the South West say they're confident about their chances of getting a job. It comes after the South West had the biggest fall in unemployment in the country last month. New job figures are expected to be announced later today.

It's thought an increase in work based learning will give new graduates a better chance of getting employment.

William Richardson, a graphic design student, is excited for the challenges ahead:-

Latest jobs figures

The latest unemployment figures for the region will be announced later.

Recently there's been a rise in the number of people in full time work, but this week Bristol City Council announced that 800 jobs there are at risk.

The authority says it has no choice but to look at redundancies as it tries to bridge a £90million funding gap after budget cuts from central government.

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Wiltshire's 'wannabe' police

Wiltshire Police is holding a second recruitment drive this year. When they held one in January 300,000 people logged on to the computerised entry form within two hours - so they shut the operation down.

This time the force has reassured wannabe officers that the application process will be open for ten days.

But why is the force doing this so soon after the last one?

Our Wiltshire reporter Robert Murphy has the story.

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