A survey says half of businesses in the south west expect to take on more staff this year - with job prospects for younger people also improving.
More than a hundred firms were questioned by the CBI. The organisation says the outlook for the year is 'positive'.
EXCLUSIVE: ITV West Country can reveal that nearly four hundred jobs are to go at Cornwall Council.
369 posts will be lost, 280 of them compulsory.
The council wants to make the savings by the end of next March.
Staff and unions have been told the news this morning in a letter from the council's chief executive Andrew Kerr.
Mr Kerr says in a letter to staff that the cuts will save £31 million.
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).
175 jobs are believed to be going at an engineering firm in Redruth. Pall Europe Limited says it's moving some of its operations abroad. It's been described as a devastating blow to the town.
Workers were told of the the company's plans today. The factory has been in the town for more than 30 years. The company's other factory near Newquay is not affected. Cllr Mike Eddowes and Redruth's Mayor Cllr Judy Davidson gave us these reactions.
175 jobs could go in Cornwall with the closure of a factory that makes filters for industry and aerospace markets.
Pall Europe said it would be closing its plant at Redruth and moving operations to Slovakia.
The company has another factory near Newquay which it said would not be affected.
Employers in the West Country remain cautiously optimistic about employment during the last four months of 2013.
Manpower has predicted a net employment outlook of 8%.
James Hick from Manpower said there is still a strong demand for skills:
Costa Coffee has been granted permission to open a branch in Teignmouth.
Councillors voted 17-4 in favour of the firm's application.
Local shop owner Thomas Free claims jobs and livelihoods in the resort will be lost when Costa arrives.
He told the planning committee the seaside town has 26 coffee shops and 92 outlets where coffee is served.
Costa said their brand attracts more customers into towns like Sidmouth and Honiton.
More than 1,500 people signed a petition against Costa's plans for Teignmouth.
The Eden Project has announced that it is aiming to reduce its annual costs by £2 million.
Staff have been informed that up to 70 jobs could be lost at its site near St Austell. A statutory consultation process is due to begin on Wednesday.