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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.

Tesco to close Nottingham Homeplus store

The stores will close on June 27 Credit: PA

Around 450 jobs are being axed by embattled supermarket Tesco under plans to close the last six of its Homeplus stores, including one in Nottingham.

The group said the final stores of its once 12-strong non-food retail chain Homeplus would shut on June 27, following the closure of six outlets in March.

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New jobs for Peterborough engine-makers

Perkins Engines in Peterborough is to create about 175 jobs over the next three years after the company won a £13 million Government grant.

Perkins Engines export their goods worldwide Credit: ITV

Perkins has turned around its fortunes, after making hundreds of staff redundant in 2009 as profits struggled during the recession. The company exports off-road diesel engines to buyers worldwide and will use the money, secured through the Advanced Propulsion Centre, to develop low-carbon technologies for running diesel engines.

"This collaboration with DENSO INTERNATIONAL UK, Loughborough University, Imperial College London and CMCL Innovations, each of who we have worked closely with over the years, is focused on engine performance, fuel economy and exhaust emission improvements and will support the development of innovative technologies for off-highway diesel engine applications.”

– ark Stratton, Perkins Engines

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Unemployment in the East Midlands falls by 15,000

Unemployment in the East Midlands fell by 15,000 in the quarter to January, official figures have revealed.

A total of 117,000 people were unemployed in the region between November and January. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

According to the Office for National Statistics, a total of 117,000 people were unemployed in the region between November and January.

The region's unemployment rate was 5.0% and saw a drop of 11.4% 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.

Unemployment in the West Midlands falls by 5,000

Unemployment in the West Midlands fell by 5,000 in the quarter to January, official figures have revealed.

Unemployment in the West Midlands fell by 5,000 in the quarter to January Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

Government blocks Coventry Gateway development

The multi-million pound Coventry Gateway development which would have created thousands of jobs has been rejected by the government.

There were plans to develop an area of 741 acres around Coventry Airport Credit: PA

Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, turned down plans to develop the 700 acre site around Coventry Airport, that could have created up to 10,000 jobs.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Gateway plans aimed to develop an area of 741 acres to the north, east and south of Coventry airport. Plans for the development included a major new technology and manufacturing and distribution park.

The decision has been criticised by Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Employment, Kevin Maton.

The scheme, put forward by Coventry and Warwickshire’s Local Enterprise Partnership had the potential to provide a real boost to the local economy, and I’m amazed the Minister couldn’t support the plans.

It’s particularly disappointing news, given that the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable was in the area just yesterday talking about the vital role the region and Coventry engineering expertise played in the economy nationally.

This scheme would have helped support further development of this expertise while creating thousands of jobs.

– Cllr Kevin Maton, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Employment

Meanwhile Geoffrey Robinson, the MP for Coventry North West, said: “I’m hugely disappointed by this decision.

"This development had the prospect of attracting thousands of jobs into our city, this is a real slap in the face for our City.”

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