WIRRAL Council is demanding help with getting people back into work after a key strategy to reduce unemployment left out the worst-hit parts of the borough.
It follows the release of figures which show that in Wirral's largest town close to half the population is without a job.
In Birkenhead more than 40% of people of working age have no employment, almost twice the national average.
The latest draft economic strategy by the North West Development Agency proposes to focus resources to tackle worklessness in certain key areas across the region, but has left out the worst-affected parts of Wirral.
The leader of Wirral Council, Cllr Steve Foulkes, said worklessness was a key element of the NWDA's strategy, but there were a "couple of issues" which were not favourable to Wirral.
He added: "It does mention some areas in the draft but there are other areas not mentioned which have very high levels of work- lessness, Birkenhead being one of them.
"But everyone has been consulted and we now hope they will go away and include this in the final document."
He also said the council was pushing for a greater emphasis in the strategy on "travel to work" issues and the maritime industry in both Liverpool and Wirral.
At a meeting of Wirral's Local Strategic Partnership (LSP), which brings together organisations including the council, health services, police and JobCentres, Wirral's chief executive, Steve Maddox, emphasised that worklessness was a key priority.
But he said the NWDA's strategy excluded Wirral even though the borough had a total of some 44,000 people classed as "workless".
At its last meeting, the LSP agreed to back his calls for the NWDA to "support the representations being made by Wirral Borough Council in respect of the important omissions in the NWDA's strategy".
Latest figures from Wirral council reveal that 42.2% of people are without jobs in Birkenhead and this is far above the average of 27% for the whole borough. The national average is 24%.
Steven Broomhead, chief executive of the NWDA, said: "The agency has consulted extensively with partners across the region to gain their views and comments on the consultation draft of the Regional Economic Strategy (RES).
"The RES belongs to the entire region and we will carefully consider all responses as we work to ensure that the final draft RES addresses the key issues affecting the region's economic performance."