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More people are in work as new figures show unemployment has fallen to 8.1% in the West Midlands and by 6.4% in the East Midlands.
Rail passengers in the West Midlands had mixed views on today's price rise.
Travellers at Birmingham Moor street station thought it was unnecessary for fares to go up because services had not got any better.
Some said you could still get good deals if you booked in advance.
Commuters in the Midlands face higher rail fares from today as prices are raised across the country.
Passengers at Derby train station said they didn't see how people would be able to cope with the price hike because wages were not increasing at the same time.
One man said: "The increase, it's inevitable isn't it, I don't think it's justified. Rail fares are expensive enough as it is train companies seem to be making a lot of money, I just think there's no need for these increases."
Passengers returning to work after the festive break face an increase in rail fares from today.
East Midlands Trains has put its prices up by an average of 2.6%, that's an extra 36p on a single journey.
In the Chancellor's Autumn Statement last month, George Osbourne announced that train companies would be able to increase prices by a maximum of 3.1%.
Fares on some of National Express' buses in the West Midlands will increase from tomorrow.
An adult single ticket has gone up by ten pence and weekly travel cards have increased by fifty pence. The company says the new fares reflect rising business costs.
With an increase in rail fares from tomorrow, rail unions have warned about the high cost of rail travel in the UK compared with the rest of Europe.
Jason Torrance, policy director of sustainable transport organisation Sustrans, said:
The Chancellor's move to bring an end to the inflation-busting fare rises we've seen over the last decade shows a recognition that rising transport costs are a barrier to economic recovery.
But commuters will still feel the pinch this new year because salaries aren't increasing by anywhere near the level of inflation. If transport remains so prohibitively expensive, we will continue to restrict travel choices and opportunities to access essential services and employment.
Passengers in the Midlands returning to work after the festive break face an increase in rail fares tomorrow.
In the Chancellor's Autumn Statement last month, George Osbourne announced that train companies would be able to put up prices by a maximum of 3.1%.
A season ticket from Birmingham to London has increased by £200, and East Midlands Trains have put prices up by an average of 2.6%, an extra thirty six pence on a single journey.
The Bullring in Birmingham had its busiest week of the year last week, with more than one million visitors taking advantage of the last few shopping days before Christmas.
Tim Walley, General Manager at Bullring, commented: "It’s been a busy few days at Bullring and we still have two days ahead of us.
"Today with schools and many businesses now closed for the Christmas period we expect in the region of 120,000 customers."
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has heaped praise on the new deal that is set to create 5,800 new manufacturing jobs and £130million of private investment for the Black Country.
Mr Clegg said of the deal:
This marks the beginning of a new era of growth and prosperity in the Black Country. This isn’t pointless Whitehall jargon: this deal has the genuine power to change the fortunes of many people across the region by creating new jobs, boosting businesses and providing new housing...
Between government Minister for Cities Greg Clark, local authorities and the Local Enterprise Partnership, the City Deal has been made in recognition of the Black Country’s role in the UK economy; where high-value manufacturing represents the largest concentration of jobs of any LEP area.