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Midlands loses '100,000 manufacturing jobs in 10 years'

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The West Midlands has lost 100,000 manufacturing jobs in the past 10 years, according to the GMB union.

It is the worst affected region according to a new study, which revealed the UK has 'haemorrhaged' 600,000 manufacturing jobs in a decade.

The UK is haemorrhaging manufacturing jobs, and that is a massive problem for both our workers and our economy.

– Jude Brimble, the GMB's national secretary for manufacturing

The union says the cuts equate to a loss of £11.3 billion in wages nationally.

Its research found that the UK supported 3.5 million permanent and temporary manufacturing jobs in 2006 - more than 12% of all employment.

By 2016, that had slumped to 2.9 million, or 9.3% of the total.