The latest job figures out this morning show unemployment in the South West has risen by 16,000 (0.5%) to 172,000 (6.3%) between June and August.
That's in contrast to the national figures which show a fall of 18,000 to a total of just under 2.5 million (7.7% of the working population).
It took just three hours, but in that time thousands of people expressed an interest in becoming a police officer in Wiltshire. Most were left disappointed when they weren't quick enough to apply.
But Wiltshire Police says it now has enough applicants for the £19,000 a year posts. The Police Federation says it has reservations about the process.
Recruitment for new constables at Wiltshire Police was closed after just a few hours after the force's website had nearly 300,000 hits.
Demand was so high for the £19,000-a-year posts that the website initially crashed when applications were launched at 4pm yesterday.
Wiltshire Police has closed its recruitment of new officers after just one day. The force said it had an exceptionally high level of interest with over 283,820 hits on its website alone. Wiltshire was the first force in the country to advertise for staff following the recent financial cuts
Employment minister Mark Hoban says there are good signs for future jobs in the South West after new figures reveal unemployment has fallen.
Nationally, around 50,000 more people were in work according to the official figures for July to September. The unemployment figure is 2.51 million. Average earnings are also up 1.8%.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that a total of 155,000 people were unemployed in the South West between July and September. The region's unemployment rate was 5.8% and saw a drop of 1.3% during the period.
Unemployment in the South West dropped by 2,000 this summer, according to the official figures released today.
150,000 people were out of work, or 5.8%. The region's reflecting the national picture, with total unemployment now at its lowest level for a year.
Young unemployed people in the South West are getting free training this week as part of a nationwide campaign to help them find work.
Feeding Britain's Future asks employers in the food and grocery industry to pass on the knowledge and skills young people need to succeed in finding a job. 57,000 young people looking for work in the south west could benefit.
Unemployment in the South West fell by 18,000 in the three months to June, official figures have revealed.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that a total of 157,000 people were unemployed in the region between April and June.
The region's unemployment rate was 5.8% and saw a fall of 10.3% during the period.
Unemployment nationally fell to its lowest level for a year after a big jump in the number of people in work, the new figures showed.
The jobless total fell by 46,000 in the quarter to June to 2.56 million, an unemployment rate of 8% and the number claiming jobseeker's allowance last month was 1.59 million, down by 5,900 on June, said the ONS.