The ONS said this was down to falling numbers of people working in retail, after the collapse of several store chains and the implementation of shop closure programmes by other firms.
Armistice Day services are being held across the region today
The 100th Armistice Day is being marked across the world today - with several services taking place at war memorials across the West.
Ceremonies will be taking place at 11am at places like Bath Abbey churchyard, Royal Victoria Park and the Radstock war memorial.
In Bristol, the annual service to remember rugby players who died in the First World War takes place at the Memorial Gates, and at Castle Park, there's a ceremony to remember the Sikh Soldiers who lost their lives in both World Wars and the Boer War.
World War One soldiers remembered in their old homes
A school in Somerset has come up with a creative way to remember soldiers from the area who lost their lives in World War One.
Staff at King Alfred Academy have made cards for every man from Burnham-on-sea and Highbridge who fought.
They are now being displayed in the houses where the men lived before going to war.
People should know who lived in their old houses.
English teacher, Rebecca Dalziel, said she got the idea when she realised a soldier called Fred who was killed lived next door but one to where she lives, and her son is also called Fred.
"As I was calling to him as he came home from school I suddenly thought it was awful that her son never came home.
"It really struck home me that people should know who lived in their old houses in relation to the war."
Chemical incident training for emergency services takes place
Training to test emergency services' responses to chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear incidents has taken place.
The exercise was designed to test how police, fire and ambulance services liaise and respond to incidents such
as chemical spills and contamination.
Darren Kingston, from Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AF&RS), said: "While incidents like this are rare, when they do occur it, is
crucial that we are able to respond in an effective and efficient way, helping
to minimise the number of casualties and their injuries."
Avon and Somerset Police, AF&RS, South Western Ambulance Service, Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue
Service, National Resilience and other emergency services from across the South
West all took part in the exercise.
Clarks reports loss
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Clarks shoes has reported a £75m loss, saying the last financial year had been "incredibly difficult" and blamed fewer people shopping on the high street - both in the UK and in Ireland.
Patrick O'Brien, UK retail research director at the consultancy GlobalData, told Radio 5 Live's Wake Up To Money he had sympathy for the business.
"I've got some sympathy for them because footfall on High Streets is down, it's been going down for years but I think it's only part of the story.
"For them it's a classic mid-market squeeze where we've got a heritage brand to slow to adapt - very similar to M&S- to the changing market in terms of product and the move online."
Cafes in Weston-super-Mare could be banned from using patio heaters for the outdoor seating areas due to its environmental impact.
Licensing bosses at North Somerset Council have agreed that LPG-fuelled outdoor heaters should be banned from public land in North Somerset.
A small number of cafes will be affected but they can still use other, more energy-efficient options.
Premises using their own land for these heaters will not be affected by the licensing rules.
Speaking at Tuesday's licensing committee meeting, councillor Stuart McQuillan said: "Every aspect of technology has to adapt to deal with this [the climate emergency].
"We could encourage change to different technology. This could be a positive.
"We need to allow flexibility for technology to evolve."
Principal licensing officer Sioux Isherwood said there are around 30 street cafes in North Somerset but only a few use portable patio heaters, such as Brunello Lounge, Sass and Olea in Weston-super-Mare.
She said the equipment was a contentious issue, and several people wanted it banned.
Councillors Davies and Petty supported the ban, along with Clevedon Town Council.
The licensing committee's recommendations will need to be approved by full council before it can come into force.
Burnham-on-Sea boy stars in this year's Iceland Christmas advert
A 10-year-old boy from Burnham-on-Sea is starring in this year's Iceland Christmas advert.
Beau Plested plays the son in a family Christmas scene which features characters from the film Frozen.
The advert took four days to film and Beau even got his own dressing room.
Keynsham’s old fire station could be demolished to make way for a 42-bed boutique hotel.
Plans from Phoenix Group also include nine two-bed flats, two shops, a 45-seat restaurant and offices in a fix-storey building, plus a new public space.
The single-storey Temple Street station closed in November 2015 as a result of its amalgamation with Brislington Fire Station into a new state of the art combined station at Hicks Gate.
Avon Fire and Rescue Service sold the building to Chewton Place Developments in 2017 for £750,000, more than twice the asking price.
Phoenix Group’s plans say: “The boutique hotel in this central position will be a great asset to the future of Keynsham and would act as a hub for access to both Bath and Bristol and encourage value-added areas of employment.
“In addition, 28 per cent of the ground floor will be given over for public use, enhancing the area around the civic centre development.”
The old fire station sits between the civic centre and the Riverside development.
The plans said they set “a high quality benchmark against which future proposals will be assessed and establishes a modern architectural character to this part of Temple Street”.
The proposals include a 20-space underground car park and parking for 36 bikes. Bath and North East Somerset Council will decide the fate of the application.
Plans to build velodrome in county town
Somerset could become a south west hub for cycling according to the team behind proposals for a velodrome in the county town.
Taunton Cycling Centre Associates has unveiled its plans for an indoor cycling and events centre on the Firepool site, along with the district council's latest scheme for the old cattle market.
A charity which helps people turn their lives around has secured nearly £250,000 for a new alcohol treatment centre in Bath.
The Public Health England funding will allow Developing Health and Independence to create a more targeted approach to "supporting and motivating high impact dependent drinkers" and increase its number of alcohol clients by 40 per cent.
A DHI spokesman said: "We’re really pleased to have been awarded this grant from Public Health England in our 20th anniversary year.
"The funding will help us refurbish an empty building and bring it into use as a treatment facility, in particular for those who struggle with alcohol problems.
"This will enable more people to make the changes they need in order to lead a better life, and will ultimately save the NHS and taxpayer money.
"The building will also serve as our new charity head office."
DHI plans to use the funding to secure and refurbish a listed building in St James Parade.
The charity is based out of the Beehive in Walcot Street and The Hub in Midsomer Norton.
The former will be reconfigured into an "active change/maintaining recovery venue".
The £248,500 grant came via Bath and North East Somerset Council.
Over 50s in Somerset are being urged to consider whether they need an HIV test.
Age UK is running a campaign called "age is no protection" because HIV rates in over 50s are increasing, while in every other age group they are going down.
While Somerset has a small overall number of people living with HIV, the percentage of those diagnosed at a late stage of infection has been very high, meaning they could have transmitted it to partners, unknowingly.
John Truss from Age UK says treatment for HIV has come a long way from the 1980s.