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The number of people without a job in the south west is down. According to the government's latest figures five thousand fewer are out of work, that's a fall of six per cent.
But the numbers in traditional salaried jobs with guaranteed hours and paid holidays is falling. John Andrews has been to Axminister, which was badly hit when the town's main employer went into administration.
East Devon was badly hit when Axminster Carpets went into administration putting 300 jobs at risk.
The new owners have taken back half the original staff and believe the town is now more optimistic for the future.
The former Mayor of Axminster Cllr Andrew Moulding spoke to ITV News West Country:
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."
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.
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.
The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 29,200 to 1.4 million, the Office for National Statistics said.
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