Midlands job figures released

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics today have revealed that the West Midlands is still the second highest in the UK for unemployment rates, with 254,000 people out of work.

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Derby man who wrote for UN 'dismayed' he cannot find work

A man who wrote speeches for the head of the United Nations says he is dismayed he can not get work, despite applying for hundreds of jobs.

Adam Pitt from Derby spent two years working in China, during which time he wrote speeches for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Official figures today show unemployment in the East Midlands has risen by a thousand in the three months to August.

Chamber of Commerce head: 'Job opportunities up'

The president of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce has said that today's employment figures highlight a rise in the number of job opportunities available at West Midlands companies. However, he believes more still needs to be done to get people into employment in the region.

The number of manufacturing firms looking to recruit has increased to 50 per cent, up from 45 per cent last quarter.

Export growth in the region is rising rapidly and the economy is showing signs of stability, but there is still a fundamental disconnect between skills and what businesses need in the region, especially in urban areas.

The Chamber is very proactive in supporting initiatives which will help bridge the gap between employers and education, such as the Skills Show on 14-16 November at the Birmingham NEC aimed at helping to connect young people with business.

– Steve Brittan, president of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

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Jobs recovery 'starting to accelerate'

A regional manager for an online job website in the West Midlands says that a fall in the unemployment rate in the region over the last quarter shows that the recovery is on track.

Today’s statistics, coupled with recent growth figures, show that the recovery is really starting to accelerate.

Now is the time for North West based employers and the government to put the pedal to the metal and create the jobs to set our region on the long road to a sustainable recovery.

We are bound to see further increases in jobs in retail, catering and hospitality as we approach the Christmas party season, but we have to be conscious that any increase we see may well be inflated in the interim as many jobs will be temporary rather than permanent.

– Roma Aitken, Regional Manager for Totaljobs.com in the West Midlands

West Midlands second highest in UK for unemployment

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics today have revealed that the West Midlands is still the second highest in the UK for unemployment rates, with 254,000 people out of work.

The findings show that 9.4% of people were unemployed in the period between June and August 2013.

The West Midlands has the second highest unemployment rate Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Although the number was down from 268,000 between March and May, it still represents the biggest unemployment rate after the North East.

In the East Midlands unemployment figures increased by 1,000 in the three months to August, with 7.7% of people (177,000) out of work in the period.

At the national level, unemployment fell by 18,000 between June and August to 2.49 million, with the total number of people in employment now at a new record high.

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