2.5 million jobless as youth unemployment hits record high
19 January 2011 Last updated at 14:13 GMT
2.5 million people in the UK are now jobless, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.
Results show that in the three months to the end of November, the total increased by 49,000 with record numbers of young people out of work.
The BBC's chief economics correspondent Hugh Pym reports.