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South West unemployment up

The South West was the region with the biggest increase in unemployment between January and March.

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CBI response to unemployment figures

Given the challenging economic conditions at the end of last year, it's unsurprising that we're now seeing fewer people in work. What's encouraging, however, is that economic conditions seem to be improving and that full-time jobs are still being created. With these figures showing the highest number of vacancies since 2008, this reflects businesses' more positive view of the year ahead."

– Neil Carberry, Director of Employment and Skills, CBI

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