South West unemployment up

The South West was the region with the biggest increase in unemployment between January and March.

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CBI response to unemployment figures

Given the challenging economic conditions at the end of last year, it's unsurprising that we're now seeing fewer people in work. What's encouraging, however, is that economic conditions seem to be improving and that full-time jobs are still being created. With these figures showing the highest number of vacancies since 2008, this reflects businesses' more positive view of the year ahead."

– Neil Carberry, Director of Employment and Skills, CBI


Union's response to number of people out of work

These jobs figures are troubling. There are now more people out of work today than when the coalition took office three years ago. Those in work are taking a hammering in their pay packets with wage growth down to just 0.4%, while prices rise far more quickly. It's no wonder the economy is struggling when people in work are getting poorer every month."

– Frances O'Grady, General Secretary, Trades Union Congress
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