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West Midlands unemployment rockets by 21,000 in just one year – worst rise in UK says GMB

Monday, February 27, 2017

West Midlands unemployment rockets by 21,000 in just one year – worst rise in UK says GMB

Yearly increase in number of people out of work gives lie to the ‘Midlands Engine’ myth

Unemployment in the West Midlands has rocketed by 21,000 in just one year, according to GMB analysis of official figures.

From December 2015 to December 2016 the number of people out of work in the region shot up by tens of thousands.

The shocking West Midlands figures represent the biggest increase in the country.

GMB demands Theresa May provides greater investment in the West Midlands, rather than just focussing on London and the South East.

Joe Morgan, GMB Regional Secretary West Midlands, said:

“While unemployment in London and the South East has fallen by 55,000 [1] over the past year it has increased by a staggering 21,000 in the West Midlands.

“This is proof that for all the government hot air it has not supported the West Midlands and now people here are paying the price.

“Ministers talk of a 'Midlands Engine' but they have been taking away the fuel.

“We desperately need next month’s budget to increase investment for our region’s private and public sectors that will create the good quality jobs we need.”

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