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Mark Hoban MP: Flybe show employment challenges

Unemployment in the South West has fallen by 10,000 in the last three months. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that the current unemployment rate is 5.5%

It comes at the same time 300 jobs losses have been announced by Flybe, a 100 of which will go in Exeter. The company is trying to save £35 million as passenger revenues fall and fuel prices increase.

Comet jobs axed in Exeter

Comet Credit: PA

Thirty three people in Exeter have been made redundant from the electrical chain Comet. It brings the total number of jobs axed at the group across the UK to more than 700. Most of the job losses come from the company's home delivery network. No jobs have gone at Comet stores so far.


Employment Minister says youth unemployment fall is 'welcome'

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that a total of 155,000 people were unemployed in the South West between July and September. The region's unemployment rate was 5.8% and saw a drop of 1.3% during the period.

It's good news to see yet another increase in the number of people in work and to see unemployment fall again. The fall in youth unemployment is particularly welcome, although we're not complacent about the scale of the challenge still facing us.

We're working hard to help the long-term unemployed back into a job. That's why we've committed to supporting the hardest-to-help people over a two-year period through the Work Programme so that we can help them overcome their barriers to work and get them into sustainable jobs.

– Employment Minister Mark Hoban

South West unemployment drops by 2,000

Figures show unemployment has fallen to its lowest total for over a year Credit: PA

Unemployment in the South West dropped by 2,000 this summer, according to the official figures released today.

150,000 people were out of work, or 5.8%. The region's reflecting the national picture, with total unemployment now at its lowest level for a year.

Disabled man has been turned down for 2,600 jobs

A Royal Navy veteran who lost his leg after a car crash says he's been turned down for 2600 jobs in one year.

Mark Cock from Camborne believes employers won't take him on because of his disability, even though he's physically active, able to drive, and qualified in IT and plumbing.

He's now calling for more to be done to help disabled people back into work:

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