South West unemployment rises by 12,000

Unemployment in the South West rose by 12,000 in the three months to April, official figures have revealed. The Office for National Statistics showed that a total of 168,000 people were unemployed in the region between February and April.

The region's unemployment rate was 6.2% and saw a rise of 7.7% during the period. The worst area in the UK was the West Midlands which recorded a 19,000 increase in the number of people without a job.