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Unemployment in West Midlands up by 10,000

178,000 people were unemployed in the West Midlands between January and March Credit: PA

Unemployment in the West Midlands increased by 10,000 in the three months to March, official figures have revealed.

A total of 178,000 people were unemployed in the region between January and March, the Office for National Statistics said.

The region's unemployment rate was 6.4 per cent and saw a rise of 5.7 per cent during the period.

Unemployment in the East Midlands remained at 115,000 over the same period and stands at 4.9 per cent.

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



Drop in the number of claimants across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

Commenting on the unemployment figures published today, the Deputy Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce said:

“Although there was a rise in the number of claimants in Derby and also a slight increase in Nottingham, there was a significant drop in the number of claimants across both counties, which is positive news and would tally with the findings of the Chamber’s latest Quarterly Economic Survey, which found an increase in the number of firms recruiting in the first three months of the year.

– Scott Knowles, Deputy Chief Executive

"We desperately need a budget for jobs and growth next week" - Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary

There's been a rise in unemployment throughout Britain for the 12th month in a row.

In the West Midlands, 241,000 are out of work. That is 9.1 % of the population.

Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Liam Byrne MP, said:

"It is now clear that the Government's troubled Work Programme is simply not doing the business.

Ministers' welfare to work schemes are just not up to the job.

"This Government's mistaken decision to raise taxes and cut spending too far and too fast has choked off the recovery, pushed up unemployment and will mean £158 billion of extra borrowing to pay for economic failure. We desperately need a budget for jobs and growth next week."

– Liam Byrne, MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill
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