Unemployment unchanged in the West Country

Unemployment stands at 5.8% in the south west Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Unemployment in the South West remained unchanged in the three months to August.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that a total of 158,000 people were unemployed in the region between June and August.

The region's unemployment rate remained at 5.8%.

Nationwide, the number of people in work has reached a record high, although more are in part-time jobs than ever.

Youth unemployment fell across the country by 62,000 to 957,000, the lowest figure for more than a year.