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South West has lowest unemployment rate in UK

Unemployment in the South West has fallen by 10% in the last three months Credit: ITV News

Unemployment in the South West has fallen, and now our region has the lowest unemployment rate in the country.

Figures out this morning show 113,000 people were out of work between June and August - a drop of over 10 percent on the previous three months. It's in line with the national trend, Unemployment in the UK has fallen to a seven-year low.

Employers compete as jobs market improves

There were plenty of vacancies at this job fair in Bristol Credit: ITV News

Some employers have told ITV News they're fighting to compete for the highest calibre candidates as the job market in the West continues to improve.

The latest unemployment figures are due out later with some companies at this jobs fair in Bristol struggling to fill some vacancies.

The NHS and police were among employers offering jobs to some of the 800 visitors to The Galleries shopping centre yesterday.

Hospitality care, the hospital sector - there are massive shortages. Got two hospitals here today very keen to get temporary staff in and then convert them to full time staff later on.

– Chris Mitchell, Bristol City Council


Employment Minister says latest figures are positive

Latest job figures out today show that the south west has recorded the biggest fall in unemployment of any region, and now has the lowest rate.

Employment Minister Esther McVey MP says this is very positive for the South West.

The current figure stands at 4.9 per cent, compared with the national average of 6.8 per cent. The jobless total fell by forty one thousand in the first three months of the year, a drop of one point six per cent.

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Record high of over 30.4 million people in work

The number of people in work is now more than 30.4 million people - which is the highest since records began in 1971.

The number of people out of work is falling. Credit: PA

There was a further fall in unemployment today which was fuelled by a record high of 4.5 million people who are self-employed.

The number of people working for themselves jumped by 183,000 from January to March, compared with a rise of 375,000 over the past year.


Job seeker finally gets his dream job

Michael Wright sent out 300 job applications before getting a job as a games developer

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.

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Labour: Welfare reform 'has comprehensively failed'

Shadow employment minister Stephen Timms. Credit: PA Wire

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."

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