Cornwall Jobless figures soar

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The number of people out of work in Cornwall has risen steeply according to The Office of National Statistics (ONS).

ONS figures show Cornwall’s jobless rate as 3.3% with the number of claimants up by 96% compared to last year  to 10,220.

Nationally, unemployment has risen above two million for the first time since 1997.

ONS figures show during the three months to January, the number of people unemployed rose by 165,000 to 2.03 million – an average rate of 6.5%.