Politics 9 July 2013 UK Central: the West Midlands sets an example for the rest of the country to follow A holistic approach to infrastructure will encourage growth. Print HTML The recent recession has affected all parts of the UK, but it would be wrong to think that everyone was affected equally and news stories around banking failures in the city of London have often obscured the even more painful reality facing regions. Figures released by the ONS in 2011 revealed that workers in the manufacturing heartland of the West Midlands faced the sharpest increase in unemployment during the recent recession, while London and the south east were cushioned from the worst of the job cuts. The unemployment rate in the West Midlands shot up from a pre-recession trough of 4.5 p › Why has Labour deserted Keynesian economics when the case has never been stronger? Commuters boarding a train. Photograph: Getty Images Jerome Frost is Leader of the UK-MEA Planning Practice at Arup and Project Director for UK Central. Subscribe More Related articles Is our obsession with class propping up the powerful? The case against TTIP There is radical potential in revitalising adult education – why are we letting it disappear?