The number of people out of work in the South West has risen by 10 thousand to 145,000. It is the only region in the country that has seen an increase.
Nationally, unemployment has continued to fall, while the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance is on course to dip below a million for the first time in six years.
The jobless total was 2.08 million in the quarter to June, down by 132,000 on January to March and the lowest since the end of 2009, giving an unemployment rate of 6.4%.
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