The latest unemployment figures show that between December 2011 and February 2012 189,000 people were out of work in the East Midlands and 239,000 in the West Midlands.
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Most places dry overnight. Cloudier and windier during Sunday.
Cloudy and mild on Sunday, risk patchy rain in west.
Police have released footage of the moment a 12 year-old girl was knocked down by a hit-and-run driver on a zebra crossing in Birmingham.