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Unemployment in West Midlands up by 10,000

178,000 people were unemployed in the West Midlands between January and March Credit: PA

Unemployment in the West Midlands increased by 10,000 in the three months to March, official figures have revealed.

A total of 178,000 people were unemployed in the region between January and March, the Office for National Statistics said.

The region's unemployment rate was 6.4 per cent and saw a rise of 5.7 per cent during the period.

Unemployment in the East Midlands remained at 115,000 over the same period and stands at 4.9 per cent.


Demolition of old Ilkeston train station to begin

Demolition work will get underway today of the old Ilkeston train station, 50 years after it closed.

Demolition work will get underway today Credit: ITV News Central

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.

Artist's impression of the new station Credit: Derbyshire County Council

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.


Green light for 1,500 new homes in Market Harborough

Councillors have given the green light for more than 1,500 homes to be built just outside Market Harborough in Leicestershire.

More than 900 new homes will be built just outside Market Harborough Credit: ITV News Central

The leader of Harborough District Council told ITV News Central the development would bring huge economic benefits.

The development has been met with opposition from some locals Credit: ITV News Central

But campaigners say the town wouldn't be able to cope with the increase in the number of new residents.

£80 million housing plans for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter

The Chamberlain Clock and Big Peg building in the Jewellery Quarter. Credit: Stephen Pond/PA

Work is expected to begin in the summer on an £80 million pound residential scheme in the Jewellery Quarter after plans were submitted.

It will be built across a six-acre plot as part of the St George's Urban Village scheme.

It encompasses the Kettleworks and land up to the Perry Beeches School, and will see more than 600 homes created across land which has stood idle for years.

They are the largest residential plans to be approved for the area in over a decade.

Party atmosphere in Dudley town centre

After last week's English Defence League protest, Dudley Council decided to open up the town centre today for an extra day of business.

A special fun day was held to encourage shoppers back to the centre by offering free parking and letting market stall holders trade free of charge.

Phil Brewster reports.

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