The number of people out of work and claiming unemployment benefit has fallen in the West Country.
The Government published the latest jobless figures on Wednesday.
- 21,792 jobseekers in Somerset and Devon
- 18,272 jobseekers in Bath, Bristol, North East Somerset, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire
- 9,427 jobseekers in Wiltshire
- 9,051 jobseekers in Gloucestershire
- 8,420 jobseekers in Dorset
Nationally, the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance fell to its lowest level for more than four years and employment reached a record high, but long-term and youth unemployment increased.
The so-called claimant count fell by 29,200 in July; the ninth consecutive monthly drop, to 1.4 million, the lowest since February 2009.
Total unemployment, including those not eligible for benefit, fell by 4,000 in the quarter to June to 2.5 million.
Average earnings increased by 2.1% in the year to June, 0.3% up on the previous month.
The unemployment figure stays put at 7.8% although the underlying figures are encouraging.
It may fall sooner than Bank of England governor Mark Carney expects.
If unemployment hits 7% sooner than he expected that means the Bank may consider raising interest rates sooner than they (and we) expected.
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