Unemployment in the Westcountry continues to fall, and even appears to have avoided the post summer season jobs slump, official figures have revealed.
Some 20,490 people of working age were claiming jobless benefits in Devon and Cornwall in October, a drop of 475 on the previous month, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Typically, the so-called claimant count jumps in autumn as seasonal jobs in tourism and farming disappear. However, the region has now recorded an eighth straight month of falling joblessness.
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly recorded a drop in the claimant count of 40 people to 6,620, and in Devon county the fall was 205 to 6,500.
Plymouth's rate was lower by 160 to 4,810 people and the number of people claiming JSA in Torbay fell by 70 to 2,555.
But the wider measure of unemployment in the greater South West – which takes into account everyone out-of-work, not just those claiming Jobseeker's Allowance – increased by 11,000 in the three months to September.
The ONS showed that a total of 173,000 people were unemployed in the region between July and September. The region's unemployment rate was 6.4% and saw a rise of 6.8% during the period.
The number of people in work nationwide has reached an all-time high of almost 30 million, but a record number are working part-time because they cannot find full-time jobs, the figures show.
The national employment total is the highest since records began in 1971 after a huge increase of 177,000 between the three months to June and the quarter to September.
At the same time, unemployment fell by 48,000 to 2.47 million, the lowest since the spring of 2011, while the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance was cut for the 12th month in a row in October, down by 41,700 to 1.31 million, the lowest for almost five years.
Employment Minister Esther McVey said: "This Government is delivering on its promise to rebalance the economy, promote private sector job creation, and support people to get off benefits and into work. "Today's figures show that the number of people in work has risen by 18,000 in the South West over the last three months. "At the same time, the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has fallen by 2,000 in the South West over the last month. "There's more work to do, and we are not complacent, but these are all very positive signs."