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.
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.
Unemployment in the East Midlands fell by 15,000 in the three months to February. The Office for National Statistics said that 175,000 people were looking for work in the region between December and February. Nationally unemployment increased by 70,000 to 2.56m.
Commenting on the unemployment figures published today, the Deputy Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce said:
The latest unemployment figures show that between December 2011 and February 2012 189,000 people were out of work in the East Midlands and 239,000 in the West Midlands.
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: