The number of people out of work and claiming unemployment benefit in the West Country has fallen.
Unemployment is down again but where are the new jobs and do they help the long term unemployed get back into work?
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics shows unemployment fell by 5,000 in the South West between March and May this year
A man from Bristol who sent out more than 300 job applications now has a job.
22 year old Michael Wright is now working as a games developer after sending out the applications six months ago.
We'll find out if his success bucked the trend when the latest unemployment figures are released later today.
Stephen Timms, shadow employment minister, said: "The Government’s welfare reform has comprehensively failed at a time when youth unemployment is edging towards a million, and long-term unemployment is at its highest level in 17 years.
"The Youth Contract is on course to miss its target by 92 per cent, and the flagship Work Programme has not hit a single one of its minimum performance standards."
– TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady
The jobs news is mixed. A further rise in employment is encouraging but the number of young people out of work is creeping back towards a million.
The Government's idea of economic recovery is one where the super-rich are rewarded with tax cuts, while low-paid, insecure work is perfectly acceptable for ordinary workers.
It's no wonder consumers are having to run down their savings to keep up with the rising cost of living.
This is a recovery for the top 1%, while the living standards crisis continues for everyone else.
– Pensions Minister Steve Webb
Today's figures show a record high employment level, with more women in work than ever before.
This growth has been driven by a rise in permanent, private sector jobs, which suggests businesses are feeling positive about the future.
– Employment Minister Mark Hoban
With 29,000 fewer people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance compared to this time last month, and more people in work than ever before, today's figures paint a positive picture of the UK labour market.
There are now more jobs available than at any time since the end of 2008, and more hours being worked than ever before - which shows that there are opportunities out there for people who want to work and get on in life.
The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in the West Country fell in July according to the latest jobless figures published on Wednesday by the Government:
- 21,792 in Somerset and Devon
- 18,272 in Bath, Bristol, North East Somerset, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire
- 9,427 in Wiltshire
- 9,051 in Gloucestershire
- 8,420 in Dorset
The unemployment figure stays put at 7.8% although the underlying figures are encouraging. It may fall sooner than Bank of England governor Mark Carney expects.
If unemployment hits 7% sooner than he expected that means the Bank may consider raising interest rates sooner than they (and we) expected.
Unemployment remained at 7.8% between April and June, official figures showed. Earlier this month the new Bank of England governor Mark Carney revealed that interest rates will not rise until unemployment has fallen below 7%.
Average earnings increased by 2.1% in the year to June, 0.3% up on the previous month.