There's been a rise in unemployment throughout Britain for the 12th month in a row.
In the West Midlands, 241,000 are out of work. That is 9.1 % of the population.
Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Liam Byrne MP, said:
"It is now clear that the Government's troubled Work Programme is simply not doing the business.
Ministers' welfare to work schemes are just not up to the job.
"This Government's mistaken decision to raise taxes and cut spending too far and too fast has choked off the recovery, pushed up unemployment and will mean £158 billion of extra borrowing to pay for economic failure. We desperately need a budget for jobs and growth next week."
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