Coca Cola has today announced it will be axing almost 300 jobs across the UK, including staff at its Northampton plant on the Brackmills Industrial Estate.
Union Unite has described the decision as a 'devastating blow'.
Cola Coca Enterprises is a highly profitable and successful global company and we will be doing everything in our power to protect jobs.
Latest figures show that the jobless total in the West Midlands increased by 6,000 in the three months to February. The Office for National Statistics said that 252,000 people were unemployed in the region between December and February. The region's unemployment rate is 9.1%
New figures show the number of people unemployed in the West Midlands went up between October and December 2012.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) says 238,000 people remain out of work in the region - three thousand more than between July and September last year.
Nationally, unemployment fell by 14,000 to 2.5 million.
The figures come as it emerged 1,700 people applied for 8 jobs at one coffee shop in the East Midlands, giving some indication about how tough the job market remains.
Charlotte Grant reports.
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, has told ITV News Central there's '15,000 job vacancies in the East Midlands.'
The total number of people unemployed in the West Midlands has increased by 3,000 to 238,000.
The unemployment rate for the period between October and December 2012 was 8.6%.
The total number of people unemployed in the East Midlands has dropped by 1,000 to 178,000.
The unemployment rate for the period between October and December 2012 was 7.7%.
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) have produced a short Q&A video on today's Labour Market Statistics:
Unemployment fell by 14,000 between October and December to 2.5 million, official figures showed today.
The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 12,500 to 1.54 million, said the Office for National Statistics.
Average earnings increased by 1.4% in the year to December, 0.1% down on the previous month.
Unemployment figures released today have revealed a fall in the number of people out-of-work in the Midlands.
In the East Midlands, there were 15,000 less people unemployed in the three months to September.
In the West Midlands, the jobless total remained the same with the unemployment rate staying at 8.6%.
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