Unemployment in the West Midlands fell by 5,000 in the quarter to January, official figures have revealed.
According to the Office for National Statistics, a total of 182,000 people were unemployed in the region between November and January.
The region's unemployment rate was 6.5% and saw a drop of 2.7% during the period.
Nationwide, unemployment has dipped to a near seven-year low after a fall of more than 100,000, while a record number of people are in work.
Passenger numbers are booming at Birmingham Airport, after it reported significant growth in passengers using the terminal in February.
The airport says almost 650,000 travelled through it in February, an increase of 8.4% on the same month last year.
It has also seen a 100% growth on scheduled routes to Hamburg, Oporto, Gdansk, Reykjavik and Toulouse, as well as growth to Las Palmas (+90.7%) Milan (+81.1%) and Amritsar (+69.3%).
The great start we made in 2015 has been followed up with another strong performance in February, which is a positive sign for the rest of the year.
February was boosted thanks to families choosing to fly from Birmingham during a busy half-term week.
There are many new routes, served by new carriers, set to launch in the months ahead too, including Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga with Norwegian, Barcelona with Vueling and New York JFK with American Airlines. These, coupled with the recent announcement that Birmingham will host a programme of non-stop charter flights to Beijing in the summer with Hainan Airlines, means passengers flying from Birmingham have more choice than ever before in 2015.
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Birmingham City Council says plans for a £500 million regeneration of a 14 hectare site in the city centre 'will create a vibrant new destination'.
Birmingham Smithfield presents a once in a generation opportunity to build upon our recent successes and deliver a truly unique asset for the city. Our plans for Birmingham Smithfield will create a vibrant new destination – adding to the city’s reputation as a top visitor destination and a great place to live and do business.
The area’s vibrant heritage, dating back to 1166 with its focus on markets, will be central to its future transformation, with the name Birmingham Smithfield reflecting its unique history. While the area’s wholesale markets will move, its retail markets will be improved to encourage more niche and specialist traders to locate alongside the famous brands on offer at the nearby Bullring retail centre.
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Demolition work will get underway today of the old Ilkeston train station, 50 years after it closed.
It will make way for a new one costing £6.5 million.
Ilkeston has often been described as the largest town in England without a train station after Dr Beeching, a former Chairman of British Railways, brought out a report in the 1960s, which led to thousands of stations and many railways closing down.
The new station will have two platforms, automated ticket machines, a 150-space car park and a taxi rank.
It will also service the Nottingham to Leeds line.
Derbyshire County Council says it has identified six potential sites to build solar farms on.
The authority is looking in the Amber Valley and North East areas of the county.
If the plans are agreed by the cabinet next week, a public consultation will begin.
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