Latest unemployment figures reveal that 16,000 more people are out of work in the West Midlands, yet an unchanged scene for the East
An unemployed man from Nottinghamshire who was left out of pocket after answering a bogus job advert has branded the conmen "low life".
It could take years to get unemployment in the Midlands back down to its pre-recession level, according to new analysis released.
Unemployment in the West Midlands has increased by 5,000 according to the latest figures.
The Office for National Statistics say 233,000 people were without a job in the region in the three months to August, leaving the unemployment rate at 8.6%.
In the East Midlands, the total number of unemployed people from May to July was 193,000 people, with an unemployment rate of 8.3%.
In the West Midlands it was slightly higher, with 237,000 unemployed, and a rate of 8.8%.
Mark Hoban, the Minister of State for the Department of Work and Pensions said today that there is a "real challenge" in the East Midlands due to the reduction in employment.
He said the results in the East Midlands go against what is happening to unemployment figures across the country.
As hundreds of people attend the first jobs fair in Worcestershire today, the latest unemployment figures have been released from the Office for National Statistics.
According to the figures, the number of people unemployed in Britain fell by 7,000 between May and July to 2.59 million people.
However, youth unemployment has increased by the same figure.
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Over 500 positions are being featured today from 35 different employers.
Hundreds are expected to attend the jobs fair organised by Worcestershire County Council today.
Worcestershire is hosting its largest ever jobs fair today.
Organised by Worcestershire County Council, it will feature more than 500 jobs from over 30 different employers.
Britain's latest unemployment figures are to be released later today.
A report by the Prince's Trust has learnt that three in four young people in the East Midlands are finding it harder to get work this year.
Jonathan Dawson from The Prince's Trust says that work they are doing with RBS shows that self-employment could hold the answers many young people need.