Figures out today show there's been a small rise in the number of people out of work across the South West - despite a fall nationally
Unemployment is down again but where are the new jobs and do they help the long term unemployed get back into work?
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics shows unemployment fell by 5,000 in the South West between March and May this year.
Average earnings increased by 2.1% in the year to June, 0.3% up on the previous month.
The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 29,200 to 1.4 million, the Office for National Statistics said.
Unemployment fell by 4,000 between April and June to 2.51 million, official figures showed.
UK unemployment figures from the Office for National Statistics from November 2012 to May 2013, were as follows:
- Unemployment fell by 57,000 to 2.51 million between March and May.
- It increased by 15,000 between January and March to 2.52 million. But the figures were down 92,000 from the previous year.
- Unemployment increased by 7,000 between November and January to 2.52 million.
Latest job figures released today show unemployment has gone down across the South West. Between March and May, 156,000 people were out of work across the region - that's 11,000 less than the previous quarter.
– Employment Minister Mark Hoban
Our welfare reform agenda is about making a fair and affordable system that incentivises work: giving people the support they need to get off benefits and into a job.
Today's figures are encouraging, with the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance down and the number of people in work increasing.
– Employment Minister Mark Hoban
The fall in the number of people claiming out-of-work benefits, together with the news that there are currently over half a million vacancies available in the UK economy, show that there are opportunities out there for those who are prepared to work hard, and who aspire to get on in life.
Unemployment in the South West has gone down according to figures released today.
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) says a total of 156,000 people are unemployed in the region - 11,000 less than the last quarter. The rate of unemployment in the region is now 5.8%.
Nationally, long-term unemployment has increased to a 17-year high, despite another fall in the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance.
The South West was the region with the biggest increase in unemployment between January and March.
But the region had the lowest unemployment rate at 6.1%.
– Conservative MP Mark Hoban, Minister for Employment
We are seeing continuing falls in the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance which is positive. Whilst there has been a disappointing increase in the headline rate of unemployment, we shouldn't forget the progress we are making. We are not complacent. To win the global race we need to do all that we can to help people achieve their aspiration to look after themselves and their families."
Unemployment increased by 17,000 in the South West between January and March.
The Government published the latest jobless figures on Tuesday.
166,000 people looked for work in the region in the first quarter of 2013.
It took the unemployment rate in the South West to 6.1%.
Unemployment has risen in the South West, according to the new figures out today. Two thousand MORE people were out of work between August and October compared with earlier in the year.
But despite that, the South West still has the lowest unemployment rate in the country - at five point seven per cent. Employment Minister Mark Hoban gave us his response.