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.
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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Remaining very windy with gales. Rain soon clearing, with sunny intervals developing.
Outbreaks of rain, sometimes heavy, will soon clear. Sunshine and scattered showers will follow. Mainly dry later.
Localised gales will develop across parts of the region tonight. Tomorrow there will be sunshine and scattered showers.