Further rise in unemployment in the West Midlands

Office for National Statistics logoUnemployment in the West Midlands reached 285,000 in the three months to June 2009, the highest level since 1994.

Figures published today by the Office for National Statistics show that the unemployment rate in the West Midlands is at 10.6%. This is still the highest rate of all the English regions.

The West Midlands continues to be the region hardest hit by the recession and has seen the biggest increase in unemployment of all the regions.

The narrower claimant count measure of unemployment has also risen but, at 178,900 claimants, remains much lower than the official measure of unemployment. This is because not all of those people who are out of work are eligible to claim Jobseekers Allowance (which is measured by the claimant count) and some people may choose not to claim.

The claimant rate of 6.5% in the West Midlands is the second highest of the regions behind the North East.

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