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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.