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Unemployment plummets in the West Midlands

Unemployment has fallen across the region, with around 35,000 more people in work in the final quarter of 2013 than in the previous three months - and the West Midlands has some of the best figures in the country.

Unemployment has fallen across the Midlands Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

The West Midlands reported the second-biggest drop in unemployment in the UK, falling by 31,000 - or 8.3 per cent - in October to December.

The East Midlands fared less well, coming in ninth place with unemployment falling by just 4,000 or 6.9 per cent.


B'ham and Wolverhampton top for unemployment

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 percentage of jobless households in Birmingham was 27.4% and in Wolverhampton was 27.3% Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

East-Mids workers feeling the squeeze on wages

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.

Simon Cooper/PA Wire/Press Association Images Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire/Press Association Images

School leavers 'expect to be on benefits'

One in five teenagers receiving their GCSE results in the Midlands next week could be receiving unemployment benefit by the time they are 21.

According to a report by the Prince's Trust, thousands of young people who get poor grades are giving up on their ambitions.

Students taking their GCSEs Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Prince's Trust and Sheffield University have based their predictions on trends seen during previous recessions. Last year, in England alone, around 250,000 young people left school with fewer than five good GCSEs, including Maths and English.

As a result of its research, the Prince's Trust is launching a new skills development programme for young people called Get into Hospital Services. It will also be extending its Get into Social Care, Get into Youth Work and Get into Hospitality schemes.


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Employment minister: 'We are not complacent'

We are seeing continuing falls in the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance which is positive. Whilst there has been a disappointing increase in the headline rate of unemployment, we shouldn't forget the progress we are making.

We are not complacent. To win the global race we need to do all that we can to help people achieve their aspiration to look after themselves and their families.

– Minister for Employment Mark Hoban

Coca Cola looking to 'minimise redundancies'

Coca Cola has released a statement following the announcement of 300 possible redundancies across the UK.

The drinks producer has a plant in Northampton.

Following a strategic review, we are proposing to end our direct delivery service in Great Britain. This service is primarily used by foodservice outlets and we have identified the need for a more efficient way of distributing our products to these customers.

We have now started a full consultation on these proposals with our employee representative bodies and the Unite trade union. If these changes were implemented they could result in the loss of approximately 288 roles from a total workforce in Great Britain of 4,400.

We do not make these proposals lightly and we will, of course, be looking to minimise redundancies as far as possible and will offer support to help colleagues through this process.

– Coca Cola spokesperson
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