- Published: Wednesday, 12 October 2011 19:00
- Written by Jonathan Walker
There are 234,000 unemployed people in the West Midlands, giving an unemployment rate of 8.9 per cent, according to new official figures.
This is an increase of 8,000 people over the past three months.
But it's not an historic high for the region. This time two years ago, unemployment stood at 280,000.
Birmingham has one of the highest unemployment rates of any local authority, with 60,000 people unemployed. This is an unemployment rate of 12.9 per cent - it means roughly one in eight people in the workforce are unemployed.