Figures released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics show employment in the region rose by 1.0% compared to the national average of 0.1% increase.
In a further boost, figures for those unable to seek employment, known as the inactivity rate, are down 1.1%.
Elliot Mason, policy and patronage adviser at Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, said: “Today’s labour market figures provide yet another reason to feel positive about the West Midlands as we see that our employment rate rose by 1 per cent between June and August. This performance sees us outperforming the other English regions.
“Our most recent Quarterly Business Report highlights that business confidence and growth remains robust in the region and today’s labour market statistics suggest that we continue to move in the right direction. However, it is vital that we do not rest on our laurels.”
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