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