The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has risen for the seventh consecutive month.
The so-called claimant count jumped by 1,600 in August to 866,200, an increase of 31,400 over the year and remaining at its highest level in more than a year.
July's increase was revised down by half to 1,400.
The claimant count rate, at 2.8 per cent, was unchanged on the month.
But Birmingham is bucking the trend, albeit from a far higher base.
Seasonally adjusted unemployment in the West Midlands was 96,100, down 400,
3.6 per cent of the workforce. The unadjusted equivalent was 98,400, up 600, also 3.6 per cent.
Total unemployment, including people not eligible for benefit, rose by 12,000 over the quarter to July to 1.42 million. This left the unemployment rate unchanged at 4.7 per cent.
West Midlanders out of work totalled 124,000, up 6,000, 4.7 per cent of the workforce. The East Midlands equivalent was 112,000, plus 5,000, 3.9 per cent.
It came as nationally the number of people in work rose by 83,000 over the quarter to
The number of people classed as economically inactive, including those on early retirement, students, or those with caring responsibilities, fell by 16,000 over the latest quarter to 7.92 million.
Other data from National Statistics showed manufacturing job losses continued, with employment in the sector falling to 3.19 million in the three months to July, down 95,000 on the same period a year earlier.
The UK continues to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the developed world.
Employment Minister Margaret Hodge said a lot had been done in the battle to reverse 28.73 million.
unemployment, but added there was still more to do.
She said: "We need to reverse the recent rise in claimant unemployment and we need to press ahead towards our long term aim of an 80 per cent employment rate.
"In order to achieve this we aim to reduce the numbers on incapacity benefits by one million, increase employment of lone parents by 300,000 and increase the number of older people in work by one million."
But she added: "There are more people in work in the UK than ever before - up 83,000 on the quarter, 315,000 on the year and a total of 2.3 million over the past eight years.
"The most disadvantaged groups in the country have benefited the most. For the first time ever there are now more than one million lone parents in work and there are now more than a million people above state pension age who are still working."
Philip Shaw, economist at Investec Securities, said the rise in the claimant count figures was a little below market expectations.
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