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.
Enchanted trail expected to attract 50,000 visitors
Preparations are underway for this year's Enchanted Christmas event at Westonbirt Arboretum, which is expected to attract 50,000 people.
Staff are setting-up 500 lights and five miles of cabling along the mile-long route, which winds its way around the attraction near Tetbury.
Spokesperson Hannah Ward told BBC Radio Gloucestershire the event had grown in popularity over the past 20 years.
She said: "We
have a new trail with the main feature being the illuminated trail. The theme is an enchanted forest where fairies have been up to mischief
and casting spells.
"We will be using cutting edge technology such as video projection
to make the trees come to life."
Enchanted Christmas takes place over 12 nights, beginning on 29 November.
Nursery asks for restrictions to be relaxed
A nursery has asked for planning restrictions which allow only five of its children to play outside at any one time, to be relaxed.
Winton House day nursery on Warden Hill Road in Cheltenham also has to keep all of its windows closed to avoid disturbing residents.
But the nursery, which caters for children aged up to five, says the restrictions have become impractical and has applied to Cheltenham Borough Council to allow 12 children to play outside and to be able to open a number of windows.
Neighbours have complained about noise emanating from the nursery, which can accommodate up to 40 children. A decision on the application is expected this week.
Bus fire causing delays
Drivers are currently suffering lengthy delays on the A417 near the Air Balloon Roundabout in Gloucestershire, due to a bus fire.
Emergency services were called at about 16:15 GMT after smoke was seen coming from the vehicle's engine.
All passengers safely alighted the bus, which is partially blocking both lanes of traffic.
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.
It's been a big week for the Midlands Air Ambulance team, they've flown their 54,000th mission since beginning in 1991.
It covers six counties - West Midlands, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire - and responds to some of the most serious accidents as well as reaching rural locations inaccessible by land ambulance.
The end to annoying mobile "not spots" could finally be in sight for people living, working and travelling in rural Gloucestershire.
A new industry-wide billion-pound scheme will make 4G signal available to 95% of the UK by 2025. Currently only 66% of the UK has access.
The world-first Shared Rural Network proposal and 4G coverage improvements will mean companies sharing existing masts to fill partial "not spots" - where there is coverage from one operator but not all.