New data shows that there are 10,000 more people unemployed in the West Midlands than three months ago.

The total number of people out of work in the region now stands at 234,000 – a rate of 8.9 per cent – after the latest increase.

This came as across the UK youth unemployment reached a record high of more than a million, with more 16 to 24-year-olds now out of work than at any time since 1992.

The number of jobless young people jumped by 67,000 in the three months to September to 1.2 million.

The total, the highest since comparable records began 19 years ago, includes 286,000 people in full-time education who were looking for part-time work.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling said: “These figures show just how much our economy is being affected by the crisis in the eurozone. Our European partners must take urgent action to stabilise the position.

“Our challenge in the autumn statement will be to put in place additional measures to support growth and create employment opportunities, especially for young people.”

Across the country average earnings increased by 2.3 per cent in the year to September, 0.4 per cent down on the previous month, with average pay now £463 a week.

Long-term unemployment has also increased, with those out of work for more than a year rising by 31,000 to 868,000.

The number of people out of work for more than two years was 422,000, up by 13,000 from the three months to June.