Unemployment in the West Midlands has fallen through the six per cent barrier.
Joblessness has dropped more in this region than any other over the past five years and continued to buck a national trend in the last quarter.
While official figures showed a first rise in unemployment for two years, the rate fell again in the West Midlands.
It now stands at 5.9 per cent, lower than the North West and London, after a fall of 7,000 means there are now 165,000 people out of work in the region.
Nationally, the number of jobless increased by 15,000 to 1.85 million in the three months to May, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
Employment Minister Priti Patel said: "The strength of UK labour market is something we should take great pride in.
"I was particularly pleased to see that today's figures show real wages growing at the fastest rate since 2007 and near record numbers of women in work.
"In the West Midlands alone, the unemployment rate has fallen more than any other UK region since 2010. As part of our one nation government, we want everyone to succeed and achieve their full potential.
"With the Government's new productivity plan and introduction of the new living wage, we are ensuring everyone benefits from the economic recovery."
The fall in unemployment has come amid a rise in the number of people in work which was up 28,000 over the year to more than 2.6 million in the West Midlands.
However, it is thought that has come amid a rise in shorter and zero-hours contracts as some data has shown average pay falling.
It was the first quarterly increase in the number since the three months to March 2013.
ONS statistician Nick Palmer said: "It's possible the rate of improvement in the labour market we have seen over the last three years may have eased off though it is too early to be certain."
ONS data shows, across the UK, pay rises continued to accelerate, with average weekly earnings up by 3.2 per cent year-on-year in the three months to May, up from 2.7 per cent in the three months to April.
It is the strongest rate since April 2010 and with inflation hovering at around zero, it means that real terms pay is improving at a rate not seen for nearly eight years.
Regular pay excluding bonuses rose by 2.8 per cent, the highest rate since February 2009.