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
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.
It's good news to see yet another increase in the number of people in work and to see unemployment fall again. The fall in youth unemployment is particularly welcome, although we're not complacent about the scale of the challenge still facing us.
We're working hard to help the long-term unemployed back into a job. That's why we've committed to supporting the hardest-to-help people over a two-year period through the Work Programme so that we can help them overcome their barriers to work and get them into sustainable jobs.
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.