Re: Lies, damned lies and recruitment agencies.
Bristol = South West and skews the figures.
Cornwall job wise is screwed as the connectivity is crap (might change with the EU projects), The road system is ok at best for commutes and the trains are an absolute joke (i think they are limited to 30mph or something similar). Even as someone who works from home most of the time it would be impossible to work for any large company as the travel would be ridiculous (you would probably have to drive to Bristol/Swindon and get the train to London)
Its a shame because it is an area that could use the investment into non tourist dependent economy but between the stuff above and the cost of living (buying a place) it ain't going to happen. Cornwall and some of the northern regions could benefit from the governments tech city bollocks but as usual the money goes to London.
The Olympics is a prime example, we have x billions to regenerate an area lets see:
Birmingham (slap bank in the middle of england with major transport links)
Manchester (further up but still good links etc)
Bristol (transport links, "artsy"place, think Austin TX)
Nah stuff that do it in London because no one wants to buy land there to build on or anything.