Despite the latest unemployment figures showing a rise of 3,000 in the South West, nationally unemployment fell by 121,000 to 2.12 million.
The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 36,300 to 1.04 million, said the Office for National Statistics.
Average earnings increased by 0.3% in the year to May, 0.5% down on the previous month.
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