Jobless numbers continue to rise

Unemployment in the South West is on the up according to figures released today.

Unemployment up by 16,000 in the South West

The latest job figures out this morning show unemployment in the South West has risen by 16,000 (0.5%) to 172,000 (6.3%) between June and August.

That's in contrast to the national figures which show a fall of 18,000 to a total of just under 2.5 million (7.7% of the working population).