Low wages, high unemployment

Figures released today indicate that real wages have decreased in the East Midlands by nearly 6 percent. Further figures have placed Birmingham and Wolverhampton in the top five workless regions in the UK

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East-Mids workers feeling the squeeze on wages

The Trade Union Congress has released figures which suggest that workers in the East Midlands have suffered a huge squeeze on their incomes, with average pay falling by 5.7 percent - a loss of almost £26 in the pay packets of employees working a 40-hour week.

This figure is slightly lower than the national average fall of 6.3 percent (£30). However the figures demonstrate that the loss in pay is being felt by families in the East Midlands as incomes fail to keep pace with rising prices.

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