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Midlands unemployment down over last three months

Unemployment has gone down across the Midlands Credit: PA

Unemployment across the Midlands has fallen in the three months to September, according to official figures out today.

Number by which unemployment has dropped in the East Midlands since September
Number by which unemployment has dropped in the West Midlands since September

The Office for National Statistics says that 105,000 people were unemployed during the last three months in the East Midlands compared to 157,000 people in the West Midlands.

In the East Midlands, unemployment now stands at 4.4% - that's lower than the national average of 5.3%.

But in the West Midlands, the unemployment rate is actually higher than the average across the country. It currently stands at 5.7%.


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
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