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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale.
Jobs news first, and today's labour market fhgures
show that last year the East Midlands saw the biggest drop in the
rate of unemployment in the country.
The latest annual figures show the number of people out of work
With a closer look at what the numbers mean, here's
There's a spring in the step of this jobcentre manager.
Andrew Pidluznyj runs the office in Nottingham that covers most
of the East Midlands and finding work for job`sedkers
There is also a move towards more provision of online services
as well, so there are opportunities coming through that.
The care sector continues to offer opportunities, as does health care
in particular, and retail also has opportunities too.
There are now 126,000 out of work in the East Midlands.
That's down by 55,000 on the same quarter last ye`r.
An unemployment rate of 5.4$, one of the lowest of any English rdgion.
We've come a long way since the depths of the economic crash.
We're also in a situation where a lot of companies are now downsizing
Clearly there are still somd companies shedding labour.
I've been looking for six months for any job, whether it is retail
or absolutely anything, offhce work, and there is just nothing
There's hardly any jobs out there for youngsters.
We're definitely not out of the woods yet, it still could be
And today, 22`year`old Leo from Nottingham struggled to find
work after graduating from university in psychology.
From your personal experience, is it easier
I'm not sure if it is easier but because we are all more aware of the
fact lots of young people don't have jobs, there is more opportunity
given out and advice given to young people on how to get the jobs.
The likelihood is that we'rd going to see that continue to fall.
I think it's really a questhon of what rate it falls out,
whether it flattens out a bit or whether it continuds
the very steep drop we have seen in the previous seven months.
These figures will be seen as a welcome snapshot of a reviving
economy in the region, and politically too for our Conservative
MPs in those many marginal constituencies, a sense of shared
confidence that they won't be having to look for a new job
A plane from the East Midlands has arrivdd in
Cyprus carrying aid for thotsands of desperate people in northern Iraq.
It took off at lunchtime carrying specialist water containers
The containers are being filled before being flown to the Shnjar
mountain range where thousands of refugees are trapped.
It's a very desperate situation especially for the Yazidi community
Temperatures are obviously very high over there.
There aren't any freshwater supplies.
So the supplies that we're sending out, and particularly the w`ter
containers that can be used to filtrate water, that's essential
for them to be able to turn dirty water into clean water and keep
An inquest into the death of the Derbyshire medical student
Neil Dalton in Malaysia will be opened in Derby on Friday.
Neil, who was 22, was stabbed alongside
his friend Aidan Brunger in the town of Kuching in Borneo last wdek.
A post mortem examination whll be carried out on Mr Brunger's body
Graffiti appearing to refer to a child custody case has bedn
sprayed on the car and home of Mansfield's elected mayor.
Tony Egginton believes he w`s wrongly targeted as he hasn't
Graffiti was also sprayed on the doors of
You don't expect these things to come along with public office.
The theory is, because of the wording etc, there has been a court
case recently where somebodx has had their children taken away from them.
There was some change in law and they've taken it out
on my home and on the county council registry office.
Some wonderful footage now of something that hasn't bedn seen
since the Sixties, two Lancaster bombers flying
One is stationed here, with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
Gemma Dawson was at RAF Conhngsby to see a bit of history being lade
This is the first time Lanc`sters have flown in formation herd
To see these two together is just unbelievable.
To be this close to them as well, it's amazing, really.
Just sends shivers up your spine, really does.
This flight was due to happdn last week when the Canadian Lanc`ster
Bad weather, though, meant it had to land at
Today, though, the last two airworthy Lancasters in the world
These are difficult aircraft to fly in formation with one anothdr,
especially on a breezy day like today.
They are inclined to be blown around a lot, the poor pilots have
to work extremely hard to kdep the aircraft in the correct
Watching today's flight is Stan Instone, a Lancaster engineer
When I heard the engines, those flew over, the hairs on
the back of my neck stood up and I felt a shivery sensation, actually.
It's a long, long time since I actually flew
It brought back a lot of melories, actually.
After a short wait it was thme for another test flight
and another chance to see these two aircraft together
Football now and one result this evening in the League Cup.
Mansfield were knocked out `t League One Sheffield United, 2` .
In the second round draw, Nottingham Forest will travel to Huddersfield.
Derby County are at home to Charlton and Leicester City are also
That's your news, so it's goodbye from me.
But with your weather now, here's Anna Church.
A few showers around to avohd today and that is the theme heading into
Thursday, a scattering of showers and also some decent spells of
sunshine. If you showers sthll around but tending to die ott as we
head into the rest of the evening, giving us a largely dry night. `` a
view showers. Mostly dry, clear spells, feeling cool in the areas
and a fresher feel generallx with temperatures of 12 Celsius. A good
deal of dry weather first thing tomorrow but heading through the
morning, starting to see more clout and a scattering of showers coming
in from the West. If you have the in nature. `` more cloud. Sunshine in
between and in the sun, highs of 18 Celsius. Friday does not look too
bad, high pressure building to give a largely settled day. I will leave
you with your outlook for Good evening. Most of the weather
action today has been centred across central Europe, with some stormy
weather moving through France, across Germany, through the Alps,
clusters of thunder storms, responsible for exacerbating the
mudslide situation in Switzerland and delaying the evening start of
the athletics championships in Zurich. Back to the UK, any showers
inland starting to fade tonight We keep a few showers in the far north
of Scotland, Northern Ireland and north Wales. Clearer skies in
central and eastern areas. 11-1 Celsius. A more comfortable night.
Tomorrow, relatively quiet. But it won't be long before showers
develop, some heavy and slow