West Midlands

  • The West Midlands’s economy hit the hardest by the first Lockdown May, 2021

    Official ONS figures which reflect the economy opening up after the first lockdown show the region’s performance relative to other parts of the UK. These stats compare GDP in the quarter ended September 2020 with the same quarter a year earlier. These showed that the WM’s growth was -11.3% compared with -24.7% the previous quarter. This placed the WM last (previous ranking also last) out of the twelve UK ‘regions’. Northern Ireland topped the table with growth of -2.9% whilst UK growth over the same period was -7.5%. In the same report, the ONS’s figures for the standalone quarter to September 2020...