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.
Dave Gardner from Perth has been unemployed for seven months. He holds a masters degree and is looking for a job in social policy.
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