There are more jobs available now in the West Midlands, compared with the first three months of last year.
Figures released today show that the number has gone up by almost 10 percent.
The biggest rises have been in the accountancy and education industries, whilst the number of available jobs in the customer services industry has gone down.
Although a rise in employment opportunities is welcomed news, we continue to see a fall in full-time permanent positions, rising underemployment and increases in inactivity.
The government, local authorities and businesses must continue to work together to strengthen the fragile recovery and return unemployment figures back to precession levels in the West Midlands.
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Dry with clear spells this evening, allowing temperatures to quickly fall close to freezing.