Unemployment in the West Midlands fell by 3,000 in the three months to June, new official figures have revealed.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said today that 210,000 people were unemployed in the region between April and June.
The region's unemployment rate was 7.7 per cent and saw a fall of 1.4 per cent during the second quarter of the year.
It fared significantly better than the worst area of the UK - the South West - which recorded a 10,000 increase in the number of people without a job.
Tim Pile, president of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, said: "Today's announcement by the ONS indicates a steady downward trend in the unemployment rate for the West Midlands region.
"This confirms the chamber's own research which showed that 65 per cent of firms sought to take on staff in Q2 2014.
"The ever-expanding tourist economy across the region will be pivotal in bringing more people into employment.
"A recent Marketing Birmingham report shows that, since 2006, the number of people visiting Birmingham has gone up by 12 per cent and, with new developments such as the opening next year of New Street Station and the adjoining Grand Central shopping centre, there is every hope these numbers will continue to climb."
Overall, unemployment has continued to fall in the UK, while the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance is on course to dip below a million for the first time in six years.
The jobless total was 2.08 million in the quarter to June, down by 132,000 on January to March and the lowest since the end of 2009, giving an unemployment rate of 6.4 per cent.
The claimant count fell for the 21st month in a row in July, by 33,600 to 1.01 million, according to the ONS.
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