#8220;Everyone should be given the opportunity to find work and enjoy the stability of a regular pay packet. We#8217;ve cut income tax for 30 million people since 2010, meaning people keep more of their money each month.#8221;
The 155,000 registered as unemployed represents a regional unemployment rate of 5.5 per cent – the joint highest in the UK – and the employment rate of 72.4 per cent is the second lowest in the country.
Nationally unemployment was down by 59,000 to 1.4 million, the lowest figure in more than 12 years with a rate of 4.3 per cent, the latest Office for Nationals Statistics figures revealed.
Average earnings increased by 2.2 per cent in the year to September, down by 0.1 per cent on the previous month and by 0.3 per cent on a year ago.
The biggest falls in the region were of 115 in both Wolverhampton and Sandwell. Wolverhampton#8217;s total stood at 8.605 (4.1 per cent) and Sandwell was 6,950 (3.4 percent).