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.
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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.
Companies in the Midlands are growing faster than in the rest of the country, which is seeing a slowdown.
According to the government's manufacturing advisory service, two thirds of firms have increased turnover in the last six months - and most of them say that trend will continue this year.
Our Business Correspondent Mark Gough reports.
Councillors have given the green light for more than 1,500 homes to be built just outside Market Harborough in Leicestershire.
The leader of Harborough District Council told ITV News Central the development would bring huge economic benefits.
But campaigners say the town wouldn't be able to cope with the increase in the number of new residents.
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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.
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.
Dudley Councillor Judy Foster told ITV News Central, that today's Fun Day was about enabling businesses who were forced to close during the EDL protest, to make up for their losses.
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