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Midlands job figures released

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics today have revealed that the West Midlands is still the second highest in the UK for unemployment rates, with 254,000 people out of work.

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Chamber of Commerce head: 'Job opportunities up'

The president of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce has said that today's employment figures highlight a rise in the number of job opportunities available at West Midlands companies. However, he believes more still needs to be done to get people into employment in the region.

The number of manufacturing firms looking to recruit has increased to 50 per cent, up from 45 per cent last quarter.

Export growth in the region is rising rapidly and the economy is showing signs of stability, but there is still a fundamental disconnect between skills and what businesses need in the region, especially in urban areas.

The Chamber is very proactive in supporting initiatives which will help bridge the gap between employers and education, such as the Skills Show on 14-16 November at the Birmingham NEC aimed at helping to connect young people with business.

– Steve Brittan, president of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

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