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Living without a job: Personal stories

15 November 2011 Last updated at 16:46 GMT

UK unemployment has reached 2.62 million, says the Office for National Statistics.

Youth unemployment reached a record high of 1 million.

Christopher Harris is from Derbyshire and has been unemployed since losing his job as a mechanical engineer in 2009.

Click on the tabs above to hear more stories from people who are trying - and failing - to find work.