The West Midlands was the only English region to see unemployment rise in the last quarter as more than 5,000 people were added to the jobless list.
The total number of people out of work in the region stood at 233,000 during the three months from June to August, which represents a rate of 8.6 per cent.
Unemployment fell or remained the same in every other English region – but increased in Scotland and Northern Ireland – as UK-wide joblessness fell by 50,000 in the same period to 2.53 million, the lowest since the spring, giving a rate of 7.9 per cent.
Meanwhile, the number of people in work in the UK has reached a record high, although more are in part-time jobs than ever, official figures revealed.
Employment grew in the quarter to August by 212,000 to 29.59 million, the highest since records began in 1971.
The numbers claiming jobseeker’s allowance fell by 4,000 in September to 1.57 million, the third consecutive monthly fall and the lowest total since July 2011.
The Office for National Statistics also reported that part-time employment increased by 125,000 between March and May to a record high of 8.13 million.
The number of people in part-time jobs because they could not find full-time work was close to a record high at 1.4 million.
Youth unemployment fell by 62,000 to 957,000, the lowest figure for over a year.
Self-employment has also increased, up by 35,000 to 4.2 million, while the number of unpaid workers in a family business rose by 2,000 to 112,000.
The data also showed a rise of 13,000 in the number of people on Government-supported training and employment programmes to 158,000.
Economic inactivity, including those looking after a sick relative or who have given up looking for work, fell by 138,000 in the latest quarter to just over nine million.
Average earnings increased by 1.7 per cent in the year to July, 0.1 per cent up on the previous month, giving an average weekly wage of £473.