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New figures show the number of people unemployed in the West Midlands went up between October and December 2012.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) says 238,000 people remain out of work in the region - three thousand more than between July and September last year.
Nationally, unemployment fell by 14,000 to 2.5 million.
The figures come as it emerged 1,700 people applied for 8 jobs at one coffee shop in the East Midlands, giving some indication about how tough the job market remains.
Charlotte Grant reports.
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, has told ITV News Central there's '15,000 job vacancies in the East Midlands.'
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) have produced a short Q&A video on today's Labour Market Statistics:
Unemployment fell by 14,000 between October and December to 2.5 million, official figures showed today.
The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 12,500 to 1.54 million, said the Office for National Statistics.
Average earnings increased by 1.4% in the year to December, 0.1% down on the previous month.
The total number of people unemployed in the West Midlands has increased by 3,000 to 238,000.
The unemployment rate for the period between October and December 2012 was 8.6%.
The total number of people unemployed in the East Midlands has dropped by 1,000 to 178,000.
The unemployment rate for the period between October and December 2012 was 7.7%.