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The Office for National Statistics have released figures today which show that Birmingham and Wolverhampton are two of the top five regions for unemployment in 2012.
The top five areas are:
Glasgow - 30.2%
Liverpool - 28.7%
Hull - 27.6%
Birmingham - 27.4%
Wolverhampton - 27.3%
The UK average was 18.1%
Sickness was the main reason given for not working by people aged 16-64.
The Trade Union Congress has released figures which suggest that workers in the East Midlands have suffered a huge squeeze on their incomes, with average pay falling by 5.7 percent - a loss of almost £26 in the pay packets of employees working a 40-hour week.
This figure is slightly lower than the national average fall of 6.3 percent (£30). However the figures demonstrate that the loss in pay is being felt by families in the East Midlands as incomes fail to keep pace with rising prices.