THE number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has risen across South West Wales.
In Swansea the claimant count rose from 4,800 in December to 5,263 in January.
The number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance also rose in Neath Port Talbot from 2,985 to 3,468 in the same period.
In Carmarthenshire the claimant count rose from 3,467 to 3,625 from December to January.
The news comes as Virgin Media has announced it is looking to create 230 jobs at its centre of excellence in Swansea.
Fresh hopes have also been raised of the possibility of jobs being created again at the Aberpergwm Colliery in the Neath Valley after 290 people were made redundant when the mine was mothballed in December last year.
Hi-tech Llangennech company Hydro Industries is also looking to create 100 jobs over the next three years thanks to a deal signed at a recent trade mission to San Francisco backed by the Welsh Government.
In Wales as a whole the number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance fell from 78,400 in December to 77,500 in January.