Unemployment in West Midlands rises by almost 6%

Unemployment in the West Midlands has risen by almost 6%, official figures revealed today.

A total of 268,000 people were unemployed in the region between March and May, the Office for National Statistics said.

Unemployment rises in the West Midlands Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

In the East Midlands, the unemployment rate rose by less than 1% with 176,000 people out of work from March to May.

Across the nation, long-term unemployment increased to a 17-year high, despite a fall in the renumber of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance.

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Unemployment rises by 5.9%

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