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Biggest fall in unemployment in the Midlands

57,000 people in the West Midlands and 49,000 in the East Midlands have found work in the past 3 months. Employment minister Esther McVey says we can expect hundreds more jobs to be created in the future.

Today’s figures published by the ONS shows the West Midlands has fallen from second to joint third place with London on the unemployment league table.

READ: Unemployment falls in the Midlands


Lloyds Bank to 'foot the bill' for cashpoint giveaway

Lloyds Bank have said customers who wrongly received extra cash at a cashpoint in Mansfield Woodhouse yesterday, will not be made to give the money back.

A photo of the cashpoint, in Mansfield Woodhouse, which gave out free cash yesterday... Credit: ITV Central

A spokesperson for the bank said today that an investigation into what went wrong was ongoing:

"It is unclear how much money is involved but we are aware that incorrect amounts were being dispensed. Customers will not have these taken from their accounts, Lloyds will foot the bill."

The cashpoint has since been closed, but not before up to sixty people started queueing for the machine... Credit: ITV Central

The cashpoint remains out of service.

Faulty cashpoint pays out money on demand to public

Customers at a Lloyds Bank branch got an unexpected windfall when a cashpoint started giving out free money.

Up to sixty people began queueing to use the the cash-point after word quickly spread that it was giving out free money...

The hole-in-the-wall in in Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, developed a fault yesterday morning that resulted in it spewing out incorrect amounts of cash on demand.

Eye witnesses say that as word got round, up to 60 people were queuing to use the machine.

A customer reported the problem at lunchtime and Lloyds Bank finally closed down the cash point around 3.20pm in the afternoon.

Read: Lloyds Bank to 'foot the bill' for cashpoint giveaway


Midlands rail scheme attracts interest from Chinese

A scheme to reopen a line in the West Midlands that would provide new links to other transport infrastructure in the region, including HS2 and Birmingham Airport has attracted interest from the Chinese.

China Railway Group confirmed its interest to design, build and finance the project which would restore the 11.7 kilometres (7.3 miles) Stonebridge Railway.

The scheme would restore a route originally opened in 1839 between Hampton-in-Arden and North Warwickshire.

It would cost an estimated £240 million, or £280 million with full electrification.

'Sharp growth' for people finding permanent work

Research from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG has found that the Midlands has the highest number of people getting permanent jobs in the country.

Kate Shoesmith, head of policy at REC said:

The UK labour market is starting the new year in robust form. Our latest figures show sharp growth in the number of people finding new permanent jobs and the most rapid rise in starting salaries since October 2007.

Increasing demand for temp workers has driven up hourly pay rates for agency workers for the 11th month on the trot. Growing confidence means more and more employers are willing to invest in their workforce and take on more people.

The real concern now is the mismatch between demand and supply, with recruiters reporting that they can't source suitable candidates for vacancies in a whole range of sectors.

Midlands is highest in country for permanent job roles

Temporary job positions also increased at the fastest rate for 15 years Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The number of people getting permanent jobs last month in the Midlands was the highest in the country, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG said.

Temporary job positions also increased at the fastest rate for 15 years.

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