Unemployment up 7% in the West Midlands

Latest unemployment figures reveal that 16,000 more people are out of work in the West Midlands, yet an unchanged scene for the East

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Unemployment figures released for Midlands, full report

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.

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Unemployment fell by 14,000 between October and December to 2.5 million, official figures showed today.

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The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 12,500 to 1.54 million, said the Office for National Statistics.

Read more unemployment news and see previous figures here.

Average earnings increased by 1.4% in the year to December, 0.1% down on the previous month.

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