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South West bucks national trend as unemployment figures rise

The South West was the only region to see a rise in unemployment Credit: PA

The number of people out of work in the South West has risen in the last quarter - the only region to see a rise in Great Britain.

The South West has bucked the national trend, with the figures revealing unemployment has gone up by 7,000 to 126,000 in the three months to Feb 2015 - an increase of 4.6%.

But, despite the numbers, our region continues to have one of the highest employment rates with 76.8% in work.

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Primary school places - has your child got theirs?

It is a big day for thousands of children as they discover which primary school they'll be going to in September

A break down of the school figures from all our major councils.

We'll have more as we get them.

North Somerset Council:

  • 86% allocated a place at their first preference school, 6.7% their second and 2.8% their third.
  • 95.5% received one of their three preferences. (Compared to 94.9% last year.)
  • 111 students out of 2,463 applications have not been offered any of their preferences. (Compared to 118 last year.)

Bristol City Council:

  • 84% received their first school preference. (Compared to 82% last year.)
  • 95.6% received one of their three preferences. (Compared to 94% last year.)
  • On-time applications dropped slightly this year to 5,404 down from 5,461 last year.

Gloucester City Council:

  • 88% have been offered their first preference (Compared to almost 90% last year.)
  • 96% have received one of their three preferred places.

Swindon Borough Council:

  • 93% have been offered their first preference. (Compared to 92% last year.)
  • 98.1% received one of their three preferences. (Compared to 98% last year.)

Bath and North East Somerset:

  • 88% have been offered their first preference.

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Anxious wait over as primary school places released

It is a big day for thousands of children as they discover which primary school they'll be going to in September

It is a big day for thousands of children as they discover which primary school they'll be going to in September.

Offers of places were sent out this morning, with many of our West Country councils reporting that the numbers of those offered one of their top three schools were up on last year.

But we want to hear from you - did you get one of your top choices? Let us know via email, or on Facebook.

Enjoying the sunshine? Send us your selfies!

With temperatures set to rise today we want to see how you're enjoying the sunshine!

If you're out enjoying the sun with friends, work colleagues and loved ones, send us your pictures. They could even be featured in the programme tonight.

Send them to @itvwestcountry using the hashtag #SunshineSelfieWest

Our weather reporter Bob Crampton joined in to show you how it's done!

Angela Johnson's dog was loving the weather in Wiltshire Credit: Angela Johnson

Tom Key sent us this sweet treat from Portishead.

Credit: Tom Key

Alex Beresford had this to say about his selfie!

This is as good as it gets in the ITV carpark! If I could green screen a beach behind me I would. Worst day to be stuck in a training room.

– Alex Beresford

Twins Evie and Sienna helped celebrate Amelie's 1st birthday today with a picnic in the sun in Trowbridge park.

Credit: Gemma Lamont
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