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Commenting on the latest employment figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today (Tuesday), which show over 60,000 job losses in the West Midlands since February, TUC Midlands Regional Secretary, Lee Barron said:   

“These figures demonstrate what we’ve known all year – that the West Midlands is in the midst of a jobs crisis.

“We can’t afford to wait. Government and local stakeholders – politicians, business groups and unions - have to work together to create jobs.

“Our region has huge strengths. Located at the heart of the UK, with world class Higher Education, advanced manufacturing and High Speed 2 on the way we should be able to prosper. With imaginative leadership we can create huge numbers of jobs in green transport and infrastructure, and by unlocking public sector vacancies. We have to seize the nettle.

Confusion around the future of the furlough scheme means many workers are losing their jobs unnecessarily. We need a guarantee that support will continue. 

And people who have lost their jobs must get the support they need to make ends meet. We need an urgent boost to universal credit or many face being plunged into poverty.” 

Editors note

- The ONS unemployment statistics are at:  

- ONS figures show a record rise in redundancies of 370,000 nationally and a fall in the number of people on payrolls since February of 819,000


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- TUC analysis that we could create 1.2 million jobs in green transport and infrastructure is available here: 
- TUC analysis that we could unlock 600,000 job vacancies in the public sector is available at:  
- The TUC has called on the government to raise universal credit to £260 a week: 

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) in the Midlands exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together more than 1 million working people who make up our 49 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living.

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