More in work in West Midlands than ever before after unemployment fall

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Unemployment has continued to plummet in the West Midlands with 32,000 fewer people out of work in the past quarter.

There are almost more people in work than ever before in the region, after a rise of 53,000 in the past 12 months.

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows there are now 169,000 people out of work in the region, an unemployment rate of 6.1 per cent.

However, critics will point to a rise in zero hours or part-time work and despite the improvement there was actually a rise of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in Greater Birmingham, with 1,605 more claimants from December to January.

Greg Lowson, president of Birmingham Chamber and head office at lawyers Pinsent Masons in Birmingham, said: “Although the figures are mixed, it does show that unemployment remains an increasing problem in Greater Birmingham.

“While in the wider West Midlands, fewer people were out of work, the rise in Birmingham can again be laid at the door of the skills shortage.”

The fall in unemployment in recent months has been marked, as joblessness had been as high as 293,000 at the peak of the recession, with a rate of 10.7 per cent.

It has reduced alongside a rise in people in work, which rose above 2.6 million in the latest quarter for the first time on record.

Employment Minister Esther McVey said: “More people than ever before are in work and securing a better life for themselves and their families.

“Employment is now at a record high in the West Midlands – with 53,000 more people in work than this time last year.

“Thanks to this Government’s long-term economic plan, we are getting people into work, we are making work pay, and we are transforming people’s lives.”

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