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South West unemployment up

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

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Highs and lows of South West jobless

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

But the region had the lowest unemployment rate at 6.1%.

We are seeing continuing falls in the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance which is positive. Whilst there has been a disappointing increase in the headline rate of unemployment, we shouldn't forget the progress we are making. We are not complacent. To win the global race we need to do all that we can to help people achieve their aspiration to look after themselves and their families."

– Conservative MP Mark Hoban, Minister for Employment

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